Denominationalism Sin

The Sin of Denominationalism

Have we ever “woken up on the wrong side of  the bed?” Does this not just adversely affect  our whole day? Better yet, have we ever tried to  button a shirt, only to get to the last button and realize that  our buttons and their corresponding holes are off track?  Therefore, we have to unbutton every one and start all  over. In like fashion, it is sad that many religions and  churches have started out on the wrong foot.

In First Timothy 4:1-2, Paul said,  “…in the latter  times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to  seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in  hypocrisy…. ” Notice the correlation of “ the faith ” from  First Timothy 4:1 and “ lies ” in First Timothy 4:2. The fact  of the matter is that all denominations base themselves  on lies. Denominationalism is a tool of the devil that is  masquerading as the truth. There is no authority in the  Bible for any denominational church—they are not from  the Bible, as I will plainly show.

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus promised to build His  church. Of which church do we read in the Bible? We  read of the church of Christ. Paul says, “ Salute one  another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute  you ” (Rom. 16:16).

In Acts 2:47, we see that God added the saved to  the church of our Lord. This completely complies with  what Paul pens in Ephesians 5:23: “ …Christ is the head  of the church: and he is the saviour of the body .” Mark  the fact that “ he is the saviour of the body .” Nevertheless,  what is His body? Earlier in this book, Paul plainly  proclaims, “ And hath put all things under his feet, and  gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  which is his body ” (1:22-23). Therefore, the church of  Christ is the body of Christ, and the church of our Lord  is the church that He established, to which God adds the  saved. I am afraid many are substituting this church by  their different denominations.

One reason that denominationalism is sinful is  because they cannot agree on anything. Jesus said,  “ Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to  desolation; and every city or house divided against  itself shall not stand ” (Matt. 12:25). Denominationalism  equals division, which Paul clearly condemns (1 Cor.  1:10).

Therefore, how do we establish the one true church  today? We are to do as Paul was able to do—teach the  same thing in every church (1 Cor. 4:17). We are to  resolve to be a part of the “ one faith ” (Eph. 4:5) by being  sure that we “ teach no other doctrine ” (1 Tim. 1:3). Yet,  we have thousands of different doctrines today.

Jesus said that His word is truth by which we  are sanctified (John 17:17). Because God hates false  doctrine (Ps. 119:104), one such false doctrine is that  one can be saved in a denomination. I invite all readers  to join me in examining our religion in the light of the  word of God—are we participating in a false church  masquerading for the truth?

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