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Error of Denominationalism

By Del Bassett

Recently in the evening edition of a newspaper, Dr. Howar Canon in the Episcopal Church, wrote under the heading, “Days of All Faiths.” He set forth the teaching that St. Joachim was the “father of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” and that “he and his wife, St. Anne, had been married 20 years when their prayers for a child were answered.” He stated that “Joachim must have been well-to-do, though his business or profession is not known.” The writer spoke graphically of Mary learning by miracles of the moment when her father would die, and of her sending angels to help him through his last agony. And, he said, “It was through these angels that the old man learned in his final moments that his daughter was to be the mother of the Messiah.”

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The Sin of Denominationalism

H. Leo Boles

Nothing is taught more clearly and emphatically in the New Testament than that Christians, disciples of Christ, should be united. Jesus, before he established his church, prayed that his disciples should be one. "And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfected into one" (Jn. 17:22,23). The Holy Spirit through Paul exhorted Christians to "be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment" (1 Cor. 1:10). Again Paul wrote by the Holy Spirit to the church at Philippi "that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind" (1 Pet. 3:8). Scriptural quotations could be multiplied which emphasize the fact that God's people should be united. Not only do the Scriptures clearly teach that the disciples of Christ should be united, but division among the people of God is condemned. The church at Corinth was instructed to speak the same thing: "And that there be no divisions among you." The New Testament is clear in condemning division as it is in emphasizing that God's people should be united.

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What Is Wrong With Denominationalism?

Mike Willis
Danville, Indiana

Denominationalism is the only religion that most Americans have ever known. We grow up accepting denominationalism as a fact of life without questioning whether or not God approves of it. The Devil uses the "course of this world" (Eph. 2:2) – the accepted moral values and attitudes of a given period of time – to keep men deceived and in their sin.

The New Testament churches were familiar with denominationalism, not in its modern form but in principle. Judaism was divided into its various sects – Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Herodians, etc. Generally these sects practiced unity-indiversity in learning to live with one another. But, the church of Jesus Christ did not become a part of the denominations of Judaism. First Century Christians opposed all sects of the Jews as religions which could not lead one to salvation. They were equally opposed to every idolatrous religion invented by the Gentiles.

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Denominationalism

By Cecil Willis

Denominationalism is a synonym for division. The world of denominations consists of several hundred warring, discordant sects. In sectarianism there is no unity in name, organization, a doctrine or practice. But the Bible teaches that “variance, strife, seditions, heresies,” the inevitable ingredients of denominationalism, are works of the flesh, and ill prevent one from entering heaven (Gal. 5:19-21).

Usage of the Word “Church”

We hear much talk about a denominational “church.” The word church, in addition to referring merely to an assembly, is used in but two senses in the Bible. Sometimes it refers to the saved everywhere, the church universal (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22, 23). In other places it refers to all the saved in a given locality (1 Cor. 1:2).

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Why One Cannot Be Saved in Denominations

By Olen Holderby

 

The above title suggests, and correctly so, that this writer does not believe that one can be saved in the denominations. As I go about from place to place, I am made to wonder just how many members of the Lord’s body believe this. All sorts of reservations and “maybes” are heard in regard to this question and the fallacious reasoning used says to me that there is a lack of understanding of the gospel. This is true, or there is an awful lot of disrespect for the gospel.

My reasons for believing this are no different than those of many others who believe the same thing; so, I wish to share with you three or four reasons why I believe this to be true  that one cannot be saved in the denominations, not in any of them!

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