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Sound church search

(Scroll down to search for a sound church. Also, at the bottom of the page, there are links to churches that have been recommended by those who are familiar with them. I’ve vetted each one to the best of my ability; please pray and discern for yourself.)

America is a land of many churches yet in many areas there isn’t a sound church to be found. The reasons are many but at the heart of the problem is a lack of belief in Scripture as the infallible, inerrant, sufficient, and authoritative Word of God.

Jesus said that if salt has lost it’s saltiness, it’s good for nothing but to be thrown down and trodden under the feet of wicked men… This is where we find many of the churches in the US and in the world today.

How did we get to the point where it is so hard to find a sound church?

There’s many reasons, among them are…

Churches and seminaries compromised on Genesis.

Feminism

Seeker sensitive movement

Charismatic movement

Liberal Protestant Denominations

Pessimistic eschatology

Progressivism

The godly men whom I’ve read agreed that somewhere between 3% to 4 % to no more than 10% of the US population are actually Christians (though around 70-75% of the population claims to be). That means we have many dead churches and more than a few pastors who aren’t saved. It’s imperative that we carefully choose the church we will join and give our efforts to.

There are a few churches that seem to be more or less altogether sound. A few more that are reformed but still reforming. Even more that are only just now awakening to the need to repent and reform. Still others that need many workers and many who will pray for the Lord’s grace and guidance. I attempted to list only churches in the first two categories under recommended congregations below.


Sound church, sound worship

The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Principles & Parts of Worship (25 parts) by Gavin Beers –The whole series is excellent. Take notice of the sermon on headcovering and the one on why we shouldn’t use instruments

Thomas Hobbes & America’s Ministers by Matthew Trewhella


Books on Biblical Christianity

Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe by Voddie Baucham

By What Standard: God’s World…God’s Rules by Tom Ascol, Voddie Bacuham, et al

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

Social Justice Goes to Church by Jon Harris

The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government by Matthew J. Trewhella

Masculine Christianity by Zachary M. Garris

Stand Firm: Living in a Post-Christian Culture by John MacArthur

Reenchanting Humanity by Owen Strachan

The New Calvinists: Changing the Gospel by ES Williams

Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology by RC Sproul

A Theology of the Family edited by Jeff Pollard and Scott T. Brown

The Attributes of God by AW Pink

The Sovereignty of God by AW Pink

The Holiness of God by RC Sproul

Knowing Scripture by RC Sproul

Rules for Reformers by Douglas Wilson

Future Men: Raising Boys to Fight Giants by Douglas Wilson

Eve in Exile: The Restoration of Femininity by Rebeca Merkle

True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia by Jerry Bridges

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law

Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation by Nate Pickowicz

A Flood of Evidence: 40 Reasons Noah and the Ark Still Matter by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge

The Christian Family: Herman Bavninck

Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church by Ken Ham

Agonizing for the Faith: A Biblical Exposition of Jude by Thomas Coutouzis

The Battle for the Biblical family by George C. Scipione

The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood by Susan Hunt

What’s up with the Fig Leaves? The Principles and Purposes of Modesty Uncovered by Heather Thieneman


In order for a church to be sound, it must rest on the Word of God. Sadly, many previously sound churches are wavering in their fidelity to God and His Word. We must carefully discern where a church stands. One way to do that is by looking at their website, Facebook, or Twitter. Read what they believe, what their activities and ministries are, research the pastor and elders. If they have sermons posted, listen to them. If the pastor has a blog, read it. Finally, we must be willing to ask questions.

Some questions to consider asking when visiting a church

(I complied this list after reading the suggestions of various godly men.)

  1. Do you consider the Bible to be sufficient, inerrant, and infallible?
  2. How are the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper handled? How often is the Lord’s Supper observed? Why?
  3. What is your position on creation order and men and women’s roles in the church, the home, and society? Are you patriarchal, complementarian, or egalitarian in your view of the roles of men and women?
  4. Do you believe in and teach the Genesis account of creation and the flood as actual historical truth? No Adam, no Christ. Without the one, the other cannot be true.
  5. Is your preaching expository, topical, or a blend of both?
  6. Do you have a women’s ministry and how much oversight do the elders or the pastor maintain?
  7. Are women encouraged in their duties as wives, mothers, homemakers, and teacher of younger women per Titus 2: 3-5?
  8. Is your music scripturally sound and Christocentric? Do you use musical instruments in worship and if so, in what manner?
  9. What issues should I be aware of? Have there been splits within the church? Why?
  10. How are you striving to impact the local community for Christ?
  11. What is your response to CRT? Cultural Marxism? Do you teach that racism is still a part of life in the US?
  12. How is church discipline handled? Has there ever been a time that you’ve had to use it? What was the result?
  13. What is your position on headcoverings?
  14. How does the church view modesty? How is it addressed?
  15. How is the congregation encouraged to dress for worship?
  16. How is the church governed?
  17. Is your approach to worship regulative (biblical) or normative?
  18. What kind of support is given to church members (spiritual, guidance, etc.)?
  19. How has feminism affected your church? What steps have been taken to ensure it doesn’t?

Church search

Just click on the links below in order to search for a sound church. There are many options for conducting your search and I’ve included all that I have found useful. From postmil churches to PCA’s and all in-between, you ought to be able to find what you are looking for through these links.

PostmillenialWorldview.com

Gospel Victory churches (via Cruciform Ministries)

COMMUNION OF REFORMED EVANGELICAL CHURCHES (includes international search)

PCA church finder

Farse.com-Online directory of Reformed Baptist churches

reformedbaptistnetwork.com

https://crechurches.org

Orthodox Presbyterian church finder

Founders friendly church search

Free Presbyterian church of North America search

Sermon Audio

ARBCA

Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals

Confessional Reformed and Baptist churches map

Grace Advance (in conjunction with Master’s Seminary)

The Master’s Seminary Find a church

I’ll Be Honest Spanish search (worldwide)

I’ll Be Honest (worldwide)

FIEC (Australia)

FIEC.org (UK)


Missions

Anchored in Truth

HeartCry Missionary Society


Recommended congregations

If you know of a sound church that stands firm on the Word of God as sufficient, inerrant, and infallible and isn’t caving in these perilous times, you are welcome to share it with me and I’ll include it here.

I cannot personally vouch for most of these churches but they have been recommended to me by those who either attend or have attended them. The criteria I listed for submission was sound doctrine, non-Woke, no Darwinism, feminism, humanism, etc. I have read the information on the church sites, read articles, and listened to sermons. To my knowledge, these churches meet that criteria.

I don’t add every church that is recommended to me. If it doesn’t meet my criteria or pass scrutiny, it isn’t added. Still even with making this effort, something might be missed.

Also, we are in a time of downgrade. Many a sound church has drifted from the faith. Use prayer and do your own research.

Not all churches listed are Reformed but most are.

Soli Deo Gloria!

USA

Alabama

Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Remlap, AL

Arkansas

Perryhill Second Baptist church, Perryhill, Arkansas (Allen S. Nelson IV)

California

Western Avenue Baptist Church, Brawley, CA. (Sr. Pastor Ekkie Tepsupornchai)

Acts Reformed Church, Covina, California

Crossway Fellowship, Grass Valley, California (?)

Grace Baptist Church, Lompoc, CA

Faith Baptist Church, Moreno Valley, CA

Faith Bible Church, Murrieta, CA

Grace Baptist Church, San Diego, California

Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California (Dr. John MacArthur)

Colorado

Reformation Church of Elizabeth, Elizabeth, CO

Florida

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Sanford, FL (This was RC Sproul’s church)

Georgia

Pray’s Mill Baptist church, Douglasville GA (Josh Buice)

Community Church Griffin, Griffin, GA

Indiana

New Hope, Carmel, Indiana

Cruciform Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

Memorial Baptist Church, New Castle, Indiana

Harvest Bible Fellowship, Pendleton, IN

Sovereign King church, Sellersberg, Indiana (Joseph Spurgeon)

Graceway Church of Michiana, South Bend, IN

Iowa

Grace Fellowship Church, Davenport, Iowa (Confessional, 1689 Reformed Baptist)

Kansas

First Southern Baptist church, Junction City, Kansas (Gabriel Hughes)

Countryside Church, Overland Park, KS

Missouri

Hope Baptist Church, Springfield, MO

Nebraska

Dominion Covenant Church (CPC) Omaha, Nebraska

New Hampshire

Harvest Bible church, Gilmanton Iron Works , NH (Nate Pickowicz)

North Carolina

Cornerstone Presbyterian church, Burlington, North Carolina (Gavin Beers)

Christ Church, Cary, North Carolina

Providence Church Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church,  Mebane, NC

Word of Grace Bible Church, Monroe, North Carolina

Christ Reformed Baptist Fellowship, Rural Hall, North Carolina

Ohio

Heritage Reformed Baptist Church, Canton, Ohio

Parkside Church Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Alistair Begg)

Oklahoma

Fairview Baptist Edmond, Edmond Oklahoma

Texas

Westview Christian Church (Reformed Baptist), Amarillo, TX

Grace Community Bible Church, Austin, TX

Crestview Baptist Church, Big Spring, Texas

Faith Baptist Church, Bowie, Texas

Grace Community Baptist Church, Elgin, Texas

First Baptist Church, Lindale, TX (Tom Buck)

Founders Baptist, Spring, TX

Utah

Refuge Church, Ogden, Utah

Virgina

Hilltop Bible Church, Bergton, Virginia

Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, Virginia (Ben Castle)

Riverside Baptist Church, Newport News, VA

Colonial Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA

Grace Church, Williamsburg, Virginia

Washington

Reformation Presbyterian Church, (OPC), Olympia, WA

World

Barbados

Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Barbados


Cults and false churches

What are the top ten cults in the U.S.?

Cult Comparison Chart

The Church of Wells Cult

What is the Restoration Movement?

Church of Christ

United Methodist Church

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