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THE EVILS OF DENOMINATIONALISM
Denominationalism exists without divine authority. If we examine Christianity from the New Testament scriptures alone, we find that denominationalism actually opposes the principle of unity. Why is this?
The very word itself means division. The New Testament condemns religious division. Christ prayed for the unity of his disciples (John 11) so that the world might believe the Father had sent him into the world. Religious division (denominationalism) is contrary to his will and defeats his purpose.
The Apostle Paul in I Cor. 1:10 pleaded for unity among believers in writing to the Corinthians, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." Is such possible in denominationalism? Each sect is formed by human origin, having its peculiar characteristics set forth in a creed book, or other document, separate and apart from the Bible. Doctrines are conflicting and confusing, fostering unbelief. It is not possible for such conflicting religions to come from God, for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (I Cor. 14:33).
It is no small wonder then that denominations refuse to wear the name of Christ (Acts 4:12, Col. 3:11), for they are none of his.
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