“ 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. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?…”
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13)
Now to be honest, I don’t think that true believers of Jesus even go to “church” anymore but if you do then I hope that this post will encourage you to examine the congregation.
We are NOT to be apart of any denomination. Not only do the scriptures forbid them but God himself hates them!
Yes, God hates denominations!!
“There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” Proverbs 6:16-19
You see, a lot of us were just born into “tradition” without signing up for a denomination or even knowing the differences.
Denominations are basically the disagreements between Christians concerning doctrine but Jesus is sovereign in this kingdom, so where do we get off trying to branch out into autonomous republics!?
All who love God and accept Jesus’ testimony should be on ONE accord in Spirit and truth, period.
“Jesus knew their thoughts and replied,“ Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” Matthew 12:25
Denominations work against the kingdom of God.
There’s no gray areas! You’re either furthering the Kingdom of God or being used to oppose it. Factions are not a fruit of the spirit! They’re a work of the flesh which is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7).
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”. Galations 5:19-21
It’s obvious that denominations are founded (and followed!) by carnal minds because who argues about what parts of the bible do and don’t apply!?
“Avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”
These religious leaders are in error and if you don’t start following Jesus alone then you will also perish.
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”, and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! “
1 Corinthians 3:16-21
Seriously, you’re cliquing up every week to sit around and idolize people and their foolish ideas. Don’t be tricked by tradition and don’t go out misleading other people.
If you are apart of a denomination then you are being deceived. True believers of Jesus Christ don’t belong to anyone’s “organization”.
The holy Spirit will lead and guide you into all truth. So don’t worry, just give your denomination the boot!