What is Denomination?

One of the many questions that I had about churches, while growing up, was about denomination. What is it? A Christian denomination,  is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and doctrine within Christianity. Divisions between one group and another are defined by doctrine and church authority. After learning the definition, my next question was quite obvious. Why?

The answer to this one can get a little intense when it is asked to certain people. The most common answers is “Our denomination follows the teachings of Jesus.”, “Our denomination follows only bible truths”, or “Our denomination does not allow the practice of celebrating ancient Pagan rituals or modern-day holidays.” And nothing amuses me more than the general attitude of one denomination about another. It makes me wonder if either I have missed something important in the bible about this, or this division shouldn’t have taken place in the first place.

I will be the first to openly admit that I have nowhere near the amount of bible knowledge as others. I still have a very long way to go. With that said, I have yet to read anywhere where Jesus commanded the church to be split apart into different sections. I have read about believers and nonbelievers. I have read about the scribes and Pharisees. I have read where Jesus said that not everyone who says “Lord Lord” will enter into the kingdom of Heaven. I have yet to read any scripture that indicates that a division should have taken place.

At this point, until I am proven otherwise, I am taking this division among the church as a way for Satan to divide the Christian church and turn one against the other. Sadly, this seems to be the case since one denomination acts in many ways like it hates another. In these last days, shouldnt we all be banding together against the enemy (Satan) and building one another up to form a strong unit for our Lord? A powerful army, with unshakable faith, knowledge, and Godly love, that could never be taken down would surely be the proof of our love for God. Wouldn’t that be better?


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