Why do people always find ways to separate themselves into groups?
Where in the Bible is there a Scripture that supports multiple Christian denominations?
Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal…
All these things do is fracture the unity that we should have as members of the body of Christ.
Where do they come from? Obviously misinterpretation of Scripture. Certain denominations believe that one is not saved unless they speak in tongues. Other denominations believe it is acceptable to baptize infants; others believe individuals should reach an age of accountability and understanding so that they may fully grasp the weight of baptism before they partake. Even within denominations, for some reason, certain churches, or should I say, church members, believe their church is better than another, when at the end of the day, IF a church is built on the most solid of all Rocks using the Word as its foundation, it has the exact same Holy Spirit within as the church down the street.
When I was in college, I shopped around for a church home. There were multiple factors that drew me to the one I ended up going to (every now and then. Regretfully, I neglected my Christianity during college). Number one, a lot of other students went there. Number two, the pastor was dynamic. He knew that there were a lot of college students in his congregation and, under the unction of the Holy Spirit, was able to tailor a message that suited both the college students AND the mothers of the church. Not to mention they had a fantastic choir, and everyone there was SUPER friendly. They welcomed us college students with open arms. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, I really should have connected myself more deeply with that church.
I like to think those are some of the things that people look for when they try to find a home church. People you can relate to, preaching that draws you in, and friendly members. Depending on your level of spiritual knowledge, it is also those things that might cause one to leave. But I digress.
Regardless of what leads one to join a particular church, when they are finally in, they are taught the church’s doctrine. Now, this doctrine OUGHT to be the pure, unadulterated Word of God. But somehow, over the years, beliefs and teachings have crept into our churches and once people have gotten accustomed to certain rituals and beliefs it is virtually impossible to convince them that they are incorrect. My thing is, can’t we agree to disagree on some things and unite?
Despite our denominations, if one has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, we are united already. We have a common task to go and spread the Gospel amid a world that is increasingly hostile toward it. WE NEED EACH OTHER, yet we let these minor squabblings over speaking in tongues, whether or not Communion should be given in the morning or afternoon and whether or not a woman’s head ought to be covered in the sanctuary keep us from getting out there, pounding the pavement, and getting people saved TOGETHER. And I think that’s a shame.
We are wasting time being prideful, not wanting to be wrong but not accepting the fact that the “other” people might have something right. We must be careful in our zeal not to do what is told in Revelation 22:18-19, in which we are warned not to take anything from or add anything to the Word of God.