Denominational-ism is the division of a religion into separate religious denominations. The term is particularly used in reference to the various Protestant schools of thought. Some such denominations are
Some denomination-like groups do not view themselves as such. Examples include
- The Church of Christ (may be more a “communion” than a denomination)
- The Eastern Orthodox churches (may be more a “communion” than a denomination)
- Churches of the Catholic Communion, most notably the Roman Catholic Church That would be because the Catholic Church STARTED, ON PURPOSE THESE DENOMINATIONS TO BRING ABOUT DISTRACTION AND DIVISION AMONG THE “HERETICS”TRYING DEVERT ATTENION FROM THE ANTICHRIST’S MOVEMENTS.
Many Christians view denominational-ism as a regrettable fact BUT refuse to stop the division RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE by realizing that ALL OF THE BODY OF CHRIST,THOSE WHO ARE REALLY BORN AGAIN ARE A PIECE OF THE WHOLE TRUTH OF WHO GOD IS…..Ephesians 4:11-16 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint (THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY) supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Nothing in this Definition is of GODLY ORIGIN and this Cannot be argued! John 17:11 (KJV) “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” JUST AS JESUS AND THE FATHER ARE ONE ESSENCE,SO ARE WE ALL TO BE ONE…DOEN’T SOUND TO MUCH LIKE THE CHURCH I KNOW TODAY DOES IT?
John 17:20-21 (KJV)”Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
HOW CAN THE CHURCH OF TODAY MAKE THE WORLD BELIEVE IN GOD AND THAT HE SENT JESUS IF WE CANNOT FIND TRUTH AMONG OURSELVES BECAUSE OF OUR MANY DOCTRINAL ERRORS, FOLLOWING THE ANTICHRIST SPIRIT of RELIGION IN THE WORLD?
1 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)” Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF ERROR IN THE Body of Christ TODAY:THAT WHICH COMES FROM “OUTSIDE of THE BODY” this is “Worldly wisdom” that we base our movements on day to day. We follow the wisdom of our governments, our families, our church dogmas, our doctors but fail to do the word FIRST and foremost! The other Error is THAT WHICH IS GROWN “WITHIN THE BODY” this is personal religious error from WATERED BY worldly wisdom WHICH IS eating away at the heart of the true church, taking away her “virgin status” before her bridegroom…..once you accept the outside error AS THE STATUS-QUO then you begin the process of giving birth to the “Anti-Christ spiritual paganism” of the world INSTEAD of true spiritual worship of the living God.
Acts 20:29-31 (KJV)”For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)”For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts (THIS IS DOCTRINE BASED UPON PERSONAL DESIRE NOT BIBLICAL MANDATE)shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.“
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (KJV)”Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” I WOULD ADD HERE THAT THIS IS THE STATE OF THE SPIRIT NOT JUST THE PERSON LISTENING TO THE SPIRIT,AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE “A DEVIL IS BOUND TO ACT AND TO REACT WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF IT’S “JOB”THEREFORE A “DENOMINATIONAL SPIRIT” IS BOUND TO THE BOX OF IT’S OWN CREATION,IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT THE SPIRIT IS “WEAKEST” AND CAN BE DEFEATED,BECAUSE AN ENEMY IS LEAST EFFECTIVE WHEN HE IS EXPOSED FOR WHAT HE IS AND NOT WHAT HE PRETENDS TO BE!
Matthew 15:7-9 (KJV)”Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. “
Ephesians 4:4-6 (KJV)”There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)”Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. “
Denominational-ism is something Jesus prayed would not happen. The Bible predicted that it will happen and warns against it. In the first century, there was only One church. Over the years, Satan THOUGH HIS ANTICHRIST CHURCH has divided religions into the numerous sects we have today. This may sound shocking to many us, but the concept of denominational-ism (many different churches, teaching many different doctrines) is not taught or sanctioned in the New Testament. Jesus promised and did build “one body” or church (Matt. 16: 18, Eph. 1: 22, 23, cp. Eph. 4: 4). The concept of many different churches was absent in the First Century. Paul, therefore, taught “every where in every church” (I Cor. 4: 17). Denominationalism is division personified. The closest that we can come to denominationalism in the New Testament is the divided state of the church at Corinth. Paul did not praise this fragmented condition, but rather he condemned it. Denominationalism rests on the claim of justified diversified understanding of God’s word. However, oneness and the avoidance of changing the word of God are enjoined (Gal. 1: 6-9; Rev. 22: 18, 19). How can one be expected to “contend earnestly for the once delivered faith” if the faith cannot be understood and understood alike (Jude 3; Eph. 3: 1-6). The Christian is commanded not to “bid God speed” to errorists (2 Jn. 9-11). Such a command is totally nonsensical if we cannot understand alike basic truth. Billy Graham’s advice of “Join the church of your choice and glorify God” is totally contrary to what the scriptures teach (My Answer, 12/15/55). To further present the folly of denominationalism, I want to briefly share with you what denominationalism in essence does to Christ.
Denominationalism mocks Jesus’ prayer for unity. In the shadow of the cross, Jesus poured out his heart in prayer to the Father. Observe one particular for which Jesus fervently prayed: “Neither pray I for these alone (Jesus’ apostles, dm), but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Jn. 17: 20, 21). The reality of multiplied thousands of different churches and theologies make a mockery of Jesus’ prayer for the oneness of his followers.
Denominationalism produces unbelief. Beloved, the state of many different churches, teaching many different doctrines is a prolific cause of unbelief. Notice why Jesus prayed for unity: “that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Jn. 17: 21). The atheist is heard to say, “how can you expect me to believe the Bible when there are so many different religions that claim to believe and go by the same book?”
IT Makes Christ a contradictory Lord. Have you ever really stopped and thought about all the mixed messages of denominationalism? For instance, some teach that all babies are born sinners and if they die in that state, they are eternally lost (hereditary total depravity). Others present babies as pure and innocent (Matt. 18; 19). Some say the non-Christian must be scripturally baptized (Acts 2: 38); others contend water baptism has nothing to do with salvation. Calvinists teach that unless God arbitrarily selected you for salvation before he created the world, there is nothing you can do to alter your lost condition; others maintain salvation is available to all (Jn. 3: 16). The point is that denominationalism is responsible for contradictory messages being given to the lost. Some in hearing these conflicting teachings have concluded Jesus is a contradictory Lord IN CHARGE OF AN ARMY THAT IS IN DISARRAY and UNSURE of it’s self!
Denominationalism makes Christ a hypocritical Lord. If Jesus embraces and sanctions all the incongruous teachings of denominationalism, he is indeed hypocritical. This is especially true in view of the teaching of strict obedience and doctrinal purity found in the New Testament (Lk. 6: 46, Matt. 7: 21 ff.).
Denominationalism presents Christ as unfair and unjust. Just think of all the inequities of denominationalism – some men must be baptized; others do not need to in order to be saved; some babies are in sin; other babies are in a safe condition, ad infinitum. The Bible says: “…God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10: 34, 35). Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8: 32).
IT Makes Christ the author of confusion. The doctrinally diversified religious world is nothing short of mass and utter chaos. One can find anything taught today that one wants or desires. Many “worship services” today are nothing more than side shows that seek to placate the selfish desires of their clients. Consider what the scriptures actually say about God and such chaotic contumacy: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints…Let all things be done decently and in order” (I Cor. 14: 33, 40).
Denominationalism makes Jesus an incompetent Lord. Denominationalism, in view of the conflicting teaching and practices, would have us believe that Jesus was unable to present to the world a Book that all could understand and understand alike. However, the problem is not the Lord’s inability, but the problem is man’s unwillingness to accept what is taught in the Bible. This is why creeds, dogmas, and confessions of faith in addition to the Bible are needed. Many religions also exist only based on the “authority” of latter day revelation, a matter strictly forbidden (Jude 3).
“I ask that men make no reference to my name, and call themselves not Lutherans, but Christians. What is Luther?, my doctrine, I am sure, is not mine, nor have I been crucified for any one. St. Paul, in I Corinthians 1, would not allow Christians to call themselves Pauline or Petrene, but Christian. How then should I, poor, foul carcass that I am, come to have men give to the children of Christ a name derived from my worthless name? No, no, my dear friends: let us abolish all party names, and call ourselves Christians after Him whose doctrine we have.” -Martin Luther (A Compendia of Luther’s Theology, pg. 135, The Westminster Press, 1943.)
“Would to God that all party names, and unscriptural phrases and forms which have divided the Christian world, were forgot…that the very name (Methodist, dm) might never be mentioned more, but be buried in eternal oblivion.” -John Wesley (Universal Knowledge, Vol. 9, pg. 540.)
“I look forward with pleasure to the day when there will not be a Baptist living! I hope that the Baptist name will soon perish, but let Christ’s name last forever.” -Charles Spurgeon (Spurgeon Memorial Library, Vol. 1, pg. 168.) “The religions are all alike, no matter what they call themselves. They have no future – certainly none for the Germans. Fascism, if it likes, may come to terms with the church. So shall I. Why not? That will not prevent me from tearing up Christianity root and branch, and annihilating it in Germany….For our people it is decisive whether they acknowledge the Jewish Christ creed with its effeminate pity ethics, or a strong, heroic belief in God in Nature, God in our own people, in our destiny, in our blood.” -Adolph Hitler (Christian Counter-Attack: Europe’s Churches Against Nazism, New York, 1944, pgs. 16, 17.)
“On May 1, 1937, there must not remain on the territory of the U.S.S.R. a single house of prayer to God, and the very conception of ‘God’ will be banished from the Soviet Union” -Stalin’s decree of 1932 (Religion and Communism, London, pg. 279)
American Association for the Advancement of Atheism, Third Annual report:
“The 4-A is here to ensure a complete job in the wrecking of religion. We offer no apology for our tactics. We now know that belief in the existence of spiritual beings arose because of primitive man’s inability to explain events. We now know that primitive man was mistaken. Religion was born of fear, reared by fraud, and is kept alive by lies. Falsehood cannot be refined into truth. The supernatural does not exist. There is no God. Religion deserves no more respect than a pile of garbage. It must be destroyed.” (Cited by Howe, International Christian Crusade, “Atheism the Unfruitful Works of Darkness”.)
“Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our willing cry. From the voiceless lips of the unreplying dead there comes no word….” -Ingersoll (famous atheist) (Cited by McClure, Mistakes of Ingersoll and His Answers, 11, pg. 147.) Now I ask you, HOW CAN WE IN OUR PRESENT STATE EVER DEFEAT THIS IF WE ARE NOT “ONE BODY”?