Which Denomination is Correct? – Some Thoughts

Major divisions within Christianity. 

For centuries people have been trying to decide which denomination of Christianity is correct.  As of now, major church groups came from the Restorationism, Anabaptism, Protestantism, Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodox, and Nestorians denominations.  Is it possible that one of these is correct leaving all the others preaching false concepts?

I must admit, it troubles me to even have to talk about this topic.  We have a tendency to put people into one of two “categories”.  In other words, we define others as “like me” or “not like me” so we can view the world through a dichotomy.  We create dichotomies all the time.  Our political structure has two dominant groups (Democrats and Republicans), political issues force dichotomies (for the war or against the war), and so on.  Truth be told, there really are very few true dichotomies that exist, we create the rest in our minds in the effort to marginalize people and gain support.  In the end, dichatomies lead to prejudices, and then persecution.

Jesus did not want us to live this way.  The “church” of the 1st century is not the same as we think of it today.  Today, when we hear the word “church”, we think of a building with four walls where believers go to worship.  This is not entirely what was described in the Bible.  The church consists of the followers of Christ; the church is the spiritual unity among believers. 

In Romans 16:5 you find, “Greet also the church that meets at their house“. 

If the church were the specific building, then this statement from Paul would be repetitive (in other words, “church” and “house” would be the same thing).  Instead, Paul is saying greet the Church (meaning believers in Christ) that meets at their house (early Christians used to meet at houses because of fear of persecution).

The point of bringing all this to your attention is to demonstrate that denominations are not important because we are all one Church through our spiritual unity through Jesus Christ.  Does it matter that person A is a Catholic while person B is a Lutheran?  No.  What it comes down to is Jesus.  what matters are His teachings, ideals, and sacrifice which unifies His Church despite our perceived differences. 

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5 Responses

  1. Right on! Lets break down the walls and start moving in this world!

  2. Scriptures teach that church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 5). Thus Nazarenes, Baptists, Methodists and, dare I say, Catholics (and whatever other brand of Christianity you care to throw in there) can either be part of the body of Christ or not, regardless of how often they attend church.

  3. I attend “church” in a non physical sense every day. Thank you for clarifying that walls separate……tolerance and open-mindedness. I agree with “realchurchpeople”. Walls keep people’s thinking very, very small.

  4. I am sure that there is one denomination that is most “correct”, but as long as they believe the core truths like Salvation through Jesus’s death for the atonement of sin and his resurrection, they that is the main thing. I’m not saything the detail aren’t important, but let’s try and keep the main thing the main thing.

  5. Just Jesus – Keep it real! Like Bill Hybels – I believe the local church is the hope of the world! But lets not divide over who has the “Most correct” version of the church and lets unite over the one true and living Christ!!!! Lets make HIM famous!

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