He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1.18
There is nothing wrong with saying we are members of “such-and-such” church, after all, everyone congregates in a church, but what really need to be assessed is whether we are members of the Body of the Lord Jesus. We have observed that it is not enough for someone to be a member of the Universal Church, and not of the Body of Jesus.
To be members of His Body it is necessary to be connected to the Head. Have you noticed that when the brain orders the little toe to move, immediately, it obeys? Because, despite the distance, the toe is connected 24 hours a day to the commands that come from its “master”, the brain.
But, if for some reason, that same toe gets separated from the body, the brain could scream as loud as it could, yet it would not obey. It would not move at all! The human body works in harmony and is well synchronized with the brain, because obedience is taken very seriously by its members, it actually becomes automatic. The brain gives the orders and, immediately, everyone obeys, so there is life in the body. The same needs to be true with the Body of Christ; His members should never be reluctant with an order that the Brain, called JESUS, gives through His Word.
But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4.15-16
If Jesus, the Brain, says:
Surrender your life on the altar, you should surrender it.
Pray, you should pray.
Forgive, you should forgive.
Act with faith, you should do it.
Stop sinning, you should stop.
Sacrifice, you should sacrifice.
If a member of the human body is torn off, it will soon rot, dry and disappear. Many pastors and assistants were once connected to the Body of Christ, but, their disobedience to the Word of the “Brain” Jesus, caused them to be disconnected and now, they find themselves in a dire situation, which is almost irreversible.
When there is immediate execution of the orders given by the “Brain” Jesus, the members grow, they will be healthy and successful in working towards their victories and, above all, Salvation. Otherwise, you are merely a member of a denomination, the body of pastors or assistants, but not part of, at least not yet, of the Body of the Lord Jesus.