I have many friends and family members whom I dearly love that belong to different kinds of denominational churches. Each of these churches profess to be Christian but such denominations did not come from Christ. The Bible does not mention any such denominations.
The Bible teaches us that Christ built only one church (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:5; 5:23) which consists of every Christian (Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 12:13). These Christians would congregate in various locations around the world. These congregations were not a part of different denominations but were all churches of Christ (Romans 16:16). There were not many different kinds of Christians. They were all just Christians and members of the church of Christ.
Christians who want to follow the Bible will not join themselves to a denomination (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). Denominations are manmade divisions. They are not of God. Christians who are in denominations must leave them and join themselves to a congregation of Christians that is no part of a denomination.
Jesus prayed for the unity of His people (John 17:20-23). He is the head of the body which is His church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23). Denominations are a distortion and perversion of God’s design for His church. Imagine one head with many different kinds of bodies. It is an ugly monster. This is not what God wants.
God wants us all to just be Christians. The Bible teaches us that to become a Christian one must believe the gospel of Christ, repent of his sins, confess his faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and be immersed in water for the remission of his sins (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 8:35-39; 22:16; Romans 10:8-17; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21). In baptism, one is united with Christ and His church (Acts 2:41, 47; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 2:12). I plead with each one of you to come out of denominationalism and just be a Christian.
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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