Editorial #7: Which Denomination, Part 2?

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?

Denominational choices; which one the correct denomination?

A recap of the passage. In first Corinthians chapter three 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?

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. 

They don’t teach all of the Scripture. Though this passage also shows that there are divisions in the church and when they are allowed to grow then churches split. And then there are the facts that bring about denominations.

Denominations kept growing from different church founders preaching their specific interpretation of the Scriptures. This passage does not condone denominations or church splits. It actually speaks against them. 

A large portion of the Scriptures is focused on the divisions within the families, groups of people, and early Church, and correcting these divisions. As well, there is a continuing growth in the current generation of young adults that are seeing through the various propaganda that denominations put out there. What do I mean?

In one denomination they believe that speaking in tongues does not mean speaking in a language that only the Angels speak. But yet another denomination believes it. And the ones that believe that speaking in tongues is ‘Angel speak,’ choose to ignore the other commandments set forth in the Scriptures. 

Such as, if there is a non-believer or a visitor to the local church they are not to speak in tongues. One denomination believes that personal salvation is eternal and once you have accepted it, you can never lose it. Yet, if someone breaks some commandment they follow in the Scriptures, the general response in, “well, they must not be saved.”

It truly saddens my heart with this kind of division. We see this in first Corinthians chapter fourteen verses one through four (1 Corinthians 14:1-4). Paul says; “Follow after love, and covet spiritual gifts, and rather that you may prophecy. *For he that speaks a strange tongue, speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man hears him: howbeit in the spirit he speaks secret things. *But he that prophecies, speaks unto men to edifying, and to exhortation, and to comfort. *He that speaks strange language, edifies himself: but he that prophecies, edifies the Church.” 

How can people think that not following the commandments in Scripture is okay. Yes, Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Does that mean we can ignore the commandments? 

No, and yes. We can not follow all of the commandments. The easy answer to this is the fact that the Temple no longer stands which means that any commandment regarding sacrifice can no longer happen. However, the various religious structures around the world that say they believe in the Scriptures as the inerrant word of God could have after all this time still set aside space to fulfill those commandments but they don’t. 

Of course to follow the commandments regarding offerings at the Temple, there are commandments to follow. And yes, we could still follow them. For most people it’s easier to just ignore those commandments.

We see in the Acts of the Apostles chapter twenty-one verse twenty-six (Acts 21:26), Paul took certain men with him and went into the Temple to make an offering after purification. Regarding the other commandments; there are over six-hundred commandments total, we need to still follow them.

So what do we do when it comes to visiting or joining ourselves to a church and we already know that there isn’t a church that teaches the Scriptures in their entirety. We pray for God’s leading. Sometimes that isn’t easy.

Is it too late to find Jesus? No. 

Is it too late to pursue Jesus? No.

Is it too late to go to Jesus for guidance? No.

Simeon was told by the holy Spirit that he would not die until he saw the Christ. He is believed by some to be over two-hundred years old. Though there is no set in stone fact in the Scriptures how old he really was. 

Was it too late for him? No. It is also suggested that Saul was in his early thirties when he met Christ on the Damascus road.

CD “Sweets” VanWoert, the Editor

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