Denominations Show Christian Immaturity

I heard a statement today that made me stop and think more deeply about whether it was true or not, meaning whether it was biblical or not.  The statement was, “The existence of denominations shows how immature Christians are today.  Because most Christians do not allow other Christians to have the freedom to differ in their doctrinal beliefs, denominations are nothing more than the factions Paul railed against in Corinth, i.e. I am of Paul, I am of Apollos, etc.  Rather than allowing professing believers in Christ the freedom to differ in their beliefs of what the Bible says, denominations restrict this freedom and say that their beliefs are right and others are wrong.  This shows how immature Christians today really are.  Rather than standing with those who profess Christ as Savior and surrendering to His Lordship, they separate from others because the others’ beliefs are not exactly like theirs.  How sad a witness this is to the world!”

At first I wanted to push back against this statement, but the more I thought about it the more I believe it is true (biblical).  Denominations were not around in the early church.  The seemingly only requirement to be a part of the early church was professed belief in the Gospel (the facts that Jesus died and rose again conquering death in the process.  I know this summarizes the Gospel, though the actual Good News is not but a few words longer than this.    There was no showing forth works for a period of time (for instance, six months or a year of doing good works, attending church, etc. before being baptized).  And, after looking back over my 22 years as a believer, I stand in agreement with the statement.  Separation has only led to an ineffective witness of Christ to the world that He came to seek and save.  It has divided brother against brother and family against family.  It fosters an “us against them” mentality that is disgusting to God and the work of the cross of Christ.  It shows a lack of love for the brethren that John says the true believer will show.

I pray for the abolishing of denominations for the glory of God and Christ our Lord!

What is your impression or thoughts about the statement that denominations show Christian immaturity?  Am I wrong?  How so?  Please add your input that the body of Christ may be edified.  Blessings to you as you contemplate this situation.

Love in Christ,

Craig

 

 

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2 responses to “Denominations Show Christian Immaturity

  1. Schisms are a work of the flesh. Standing for sound doctrine is a work of the Spirit. If divisions are solely for preference and having nothing to do with the truth of God’s Word, then it is disobedience to God. If divisions are the result of those who are true believers rejecting and exposing the spurious then this is a work of God.

    Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

    Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 3-4

    Many denominations are a work of the flesh and demonstrate their disobedience to God through compromise and/or apostasy. God bless you:)
    http://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/sound-doctrine/

    • Eliza,
      Thanks for the great comment! Thank you for understanding I was not painting every church with a broad brush. Thanks for interpreting my writing and commenting on the spirit and intent! It is truly the spurious works that need to be shunned. I realize worldwide there are some gatherings that are true and faithful to God in most things and are not gathered due to schism and divided over selfish understandings of biblical doctrine. Your comment brought out the great point that it is unbelievers we are to separate from when they are seeking to draw us away from walking with Him. It is not differences in doctrine (played out often as I’m right, you’re wrong!), however small those differences may be, but sinful actions that mark out the unbeliever and the one we should shun (for a season at times, proclaiming the Good News, the Victorious Gospel to them as we can!). I look forward to checking out your blog soon! God’s blessings to you!

      Craig

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