Editorial #6: Which Denomination, Part 1?

Photograph by Emmanuel Phaeton

The original question was;

How Do I Know Which Denomination To Follow If None of Them Follow the Bible One Hundred Percent?

We can look at this question a few ways. We, of course, can look at Scripture, more specifically Paul’s teachings in first Corinthians chapter three verses one through nine (1 Corinthians 3:1-9). We are not looking so much at the meaning behind this passage but the participants in the passage, and their teaching styles. 

The participants in this are Paul, Christ, babes, men, Apollos, Lord, and God. What I am getting at is this; Paul, Apollos, and God are the primary characters in this passage. More specifically there is Paul, Apollos, and Jesus. Jesus had his own style of teaching. 

Most of the time Jesus’ teachings were in parables and other times it was plain speech. We also know that Jesus would have most likely been educated under a rabbi, and taken on the duties required of the first born male of a household. So he would have studied to one day become a religious Jewish leader. 

Then there is Paul, a former Pharisee, a well educated man. More than likely would have also had a similar education to Jesus. He continued on course to one day be a Pharisee like so many that Jesus speaks against in Matthew chapter twenty-three versus thirteen through seventeen; had he not had his encounter on the road to Damascus with Jesus.

And then finally there is Apollos. We know a few things about him. Nothing regarding his upbringing or his formal education. 

We can look at these three men in a different way. They each had their own style of preaching and teaching. In the first Corinthians we can also see that the church in Corinth was divided by their beliefs about the teachings of Paul and Apollos. 

To assume that they would all teach the same would be ludicrous. And to say that the holy Ghost would lead them to share the exact same thing would also be foolish. If, it is hard to understand that the holy Ghost would not have them teach and preach the exact same way and style; please take a look at the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 

Matthew was a tax collector & a disciple of Jesus. His gospel was written for Jewish Christians who needed some in-depth education in Judaism.

Mark was a disciple of Peter & a teenager at the time of the crucifixion of Christ. His gospel was written for Gentile converts and Jewish Christians who didn’t need an in-depth education in Judaism. 

Luke was a doctor & did not know Jesus. His gospel was written for a Gentile audience.

John was a fisherman & a disciple of Jesus. His gospel was written for the Christian community and to strengthen the local Church body.

Four very different men with four very different backgrounds, with four very different styles of teaching.

In verses six and seven (1 Corinthians 3:6-7) Paul says; “I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. *So then, neither is he that plants, any thing, neither he that waters, but God that gives the increase.”  What does this show?

It shows that there are different ways of teaching the same subject. Are any of them wrong? They can be.

How can they be wrong? If they teach the Scriptures. That is where a lot of different denominations fall short; most denominations vary from subject to subject.

CD “Sweets” VanWoert, the Editor

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