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reallysaved
(Jean Sanders)
65F
2201 posts
3/24/2006 7:31 am

Last Read:
4/5/2006 5:41 am

Denominations?

Do you believe that God approves of all the different denominations in the World?
Yes
No


fullofjoyeternal
(Sharyl )
55F

3/24/2006 8:28 am

I think we've taken it to an extreme. He did create 12 tribes. That existed and now we've gone and just created a mess out of it all, basically, in my opinion to justify what we believe.

But when it comes down to it all, there's only way that leads to life. I don't worry as much about the denominations as what's being preached, taught and believed in those churches. I've seen good stuff in mainline denominations and I"ve seen garbage. Jesus is all that truly matters.


bsk1971
(Bryan Kimble)
53M

3/24/2006 8:47 am

I had to vote no. According to the Bible, God only established (1) the universal church [bride of Christ, all saints, etc.] and (2) local, autonomous congregations [e.g. Acts, the Epistles, chapters 1-3 of Revelation]. Jesus Christ and the Bible is the authority over the local churches, not a man-made government. Then you start getting into denomination traditions and doctrines that are not founded upon the Word of God, and we know that God does not approve things that are contrary to His Word.
Bryan


smtwngal 37F

3/24/2006 12:44 pm

I voted no b/c too many denominations base themselves on man made laws in the church instead of God's laws.


Dundeal
(William Watson)
67M
18097 posts
3/24/2006 2:51 pm

there are now over 20,000 different types of denominations that branch in some form of christianity, not one of them is mentioned in the bible. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, the life, no one comes unto the Father except through Him. God bless you sister, cheers

May the Lord bless you and keep you


ProdicalSon1963 61M

3/24/2006 11:54 pm

I don't think God approves much of anything in the world today. It is sad when people show more allegiance to a certain denomination than they do the word of God.


smtwngal 37F

3/26/2006 10:55 am

what are your views on this reallysaved?

ProdicalSon---couldn't agree with you more


ArtisticLady 60F

3/26/2006 12:42 pm

Hi

Well I guess I have a different view. I had to sit and pray on this question. I had to think back to when Jesus appeared on the scene. The various children of Abraham had formed different sects and as well there were different children of Abraham who follow different rabbi's, evangelists, and prophet's of God. As with John the baptist, he had children of Abraham followed him but they still respected and celebrated the customs of their ancestor's.

Jesus when he came he told the people that he came to fulfill the laws and the prophecies but not to start up some new laws. I think of places were he healed people he told them to go and do what Moses had command them to do... show themselves to the priest. Jesus still celebrated various holiday's and never spoke out against them. He still precipitated in the customs of his people. He did however tell the children of Abraham that they had forgotten what was important to God....taking care of the widows, orphans and the poor. He told them they had forgotten about justice, mercy and grace. He told them they had incorporated man made legalistic rituals that were bankrupting the souls of men and putting them in bondage to them. Basically they the leaders of the day found ways to enslave the people mentally and emotionally and financially. The leaders of the day took people's eyes off the true worship....worshipping God and doing what was important to him...they people worship one God and take care or the fatherless, widows and the stranger. He told the men to get right with God ...there hearts needed to be changed not the various sects or denominations.

As it is today the same holds true Jesus says the true worshiper worships in spirit and in truth. He commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and to not forget to care for the widow, orphan and poor which are more important to God then the place you attend. Jesus is more concern with the heart of men then the buildings and sects or denominations they worship at. I know some people say if the denomination is not teaching the truth that people should leave but Paul didn't leave as he traveled city to city and sometimes staying months or years to teach people the truth. Working along side those people so that those lost souls could hear the truth. I know some Catholics who get saved and stay so that others in their denomination get to hear the truth and see the truth lived out in their lives. This goes on in many denominations across the world. I know that if people feel that a church is not teaching the truth to them then they should leave but others there may be getting something out of what is being taught and if the believer is reading his word he will be able to discern truth from lie.

I believe the truth still holds true today for every man that knows the Lord, that he must love his neighbor as himself, worship the Lord in spirit and in truth and care for the widow, orphans and the poor. Deut.24:17-22, Exodus22:22-24, James1:27, Isaiah1:17, Isaiah10:1-4, Mark12:38-40, and finally Isaiah chapter 58 speaks volumes on what God is really concerned about on this earth.

I think this topic should always be discussed because I think it gets people to really search the scriptures on what is really important to the Lord and the body of Christ.

Blessings
Israel


reallysaved
(Jean Sanders)
65F

3/26/2006 4:21 pm

Thank you all for your well thought out comments. I really appreciate them.

Well, smtwngal, since you asked, I will try to put my thoughts into words:

I think that different people believe differently, so denominations are just a natural extension of that. We all see as in a mirror dimly here on this earth. None of us have the monopoly on doctrine, as much as some of us would like others to think. So, I think that denominations are acceptable.

Perfection, of course, would be total unity of mind and beliefs, where there would be no need for denominations because we would all believe the same thing. Unfortunately, that will not happen this side of Christ's return, though, so forget that for now!

I do believe what really grieves the Holy Spirit, though, is when we look down our noses at other denominations because they don't believe what we do. God hates ugly, as my dear friend Anna says, and this is ugly! This comes from pride and God apposes the proud. One of the books that really set me free from criticizing denominationalism is Rick Joyner's book, "The Final Quest." It made me see how God wants all of the denominations to love each other and work together for the good of the Kingdom, not to be shooting each other in the foot!

It makes me really angry to see Christians shooting other Christians, kicking them when they are down, looking down their noses at them. I have been there and done that, and I am so very ashamed that I did. I may do it in the future, too, but I am a whole lot more sensitive to it now after allowing the Lord to change my heart.

I don't care which kind of church I go to, really. I have been in highly ritualistic church services as well as ultra-pentecostal ones. There is Spirit and flesh mixed in wherever we go because we are human. I personally don't care what the sign says on the outside of a church. I am interested in what they believe and how much they love.

Now, as Forest Gump would say - and that's all I have to say about that! LOL!


ArtisticLady 60F

3/26/2006 6:29 pm

Amen Reallysaved


smtwngal 37F

3/29/2006 7:24 pm

reallysaved, you put that into great words! as long as they aren't a cult that tries to say they are a christian denomination i am fine with the denomination for the most part. i hope that made sense.

By the way i loved the Forest Gump quote. I was rolling


carolinehampton
(caroline hampton)
59F
8849 posts
4/4/2006 12:26 am

you cannot make such sweeping statements as some denominations hold closely to the scriptures and others do not and may end up being spewed out of God's mouth as in the book of Revelation