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Why So Many Denominations

Why so many denominations? Growing up my mom was a Baptist, my dad Wiccan. I am a former Wiccan. Praise God I have dedicated my life to serving Jesus Christ. It seems every church I have attended choose only a FEW scriptures instead of EVERY word in the Bible to base a doctrine on. Why?

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I can see you go to sleep thinking what you will do to oppose me, but in doing so you are attacking the deity of the Son.
---MarkV. on 9/15/10

Rod4Him, comments like this only escalate matters. Neither Alan or I said what MarkV has accused. MarkV simply will not listen. That's pride.

MarkV said Jesus wasn't Abraham's seed. I Posted many scriptures that indeed that is true, that Jesus was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. Did MarkV EVER apologize. NO!!! He continues to twist, in pride, insisting on his own way.

I'm really getting tired of it, and I know others are too!
---kathr4453 on 9/16/10


francis//One true church CATHOLIC CHURCH founded by Christ? are you kidding me?

While Christ formed His church on the prophets & apostles - Eph. 2:19-20...the household of God.. built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone,..

Biblical illiterate Adventists believe God had to send Ellen White to restore the one true church to obedience to the Jewish Sabbath whereby man may be saved eternally.
---leej on 9/16/10


Are you not guilty of what you are accusing others of?
---Rod4Him on 9/16/10

Rod4Him, I share the Gospel here. You can take it or leave it. I let the Holy Spirit work in peoples lives and post scripture NOT INTERPRET IT also.

I use scripture to teach scripture, not bash people with scripture.

I do not INSIST on my defnition of words:
Grace, Faith, free will, salvation, born Again, regeneration, ETC ETC ETC are exclusively according to MY DOCTRINE.

I allow scripture to interpret definitions.



I do not accuse anyone of saving themselves who believe FAITH is not a WORK!

I will defend the Gospel, and rebuke, if that's what you call my guilt, I'm guilty.
---kathr4453 on 9/16/10


kathr, **Again a problem here. Where are we told we go around bashing people as WE PROVE to everyone WE are approved by God?????

Anyone can claim they are approved by God...even the POPE!

MarkV you do not rightly divide the word of truth, and have not been approved by God.

What PROOF do you have God has approved YOU and everything you say?

You argue, back-bite, condescend, sound like a gong when you do. Even if you have ALL knowledge (of which you don't) there is NO LOVE in anything you say! 1 Cor 13!!!**

Are you not guilty of what you are accusing others of?
---Rod4Him on 9/16/10


Kathr said:
---No, I am fallible, but diligent to present myself approved by God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth. MarkV

Again a problem here. Where are we told we go around bashing people as WE PROVE to everyone WE are approved by God?????

Anyone can claim they are approved by God...even the POPE!

MarkV you do not rightly divide the word of truth, and have not been approved by God.

What PROOF do you have God has approved YOU and everything you say?

You argue, back-bite, condescend, sound like a gong when you do. Even if you have ALL knowledge (of which you don't) there is NO LOVE in anything you say! 1 Cor 13!!!
---kathr4453 on 9/16/10




Please Post # 2

MarkV, God never asked us to show ourselves approved unto men, or to ever commend ourselves. It leads to arrogance!

2 Corinthians 10:18
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

2 Corinthians 13:7
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
---kathr4453 on 9/16/10


Kathr said:
"It comes very evident you believe yourself infallable?
No, I am fallible, but diligent to present myself approved by God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.
She said:
"People may disagree with me, but to rebuke them as though I were God Himself is not anything we are even told to do!"
Why do you do it?
She said:
"he believes babies come from storks because that is what his mommy Calvin taught him. He just can't handle the real TRUTH!"
I came from my mother Mary who is now deceased. God taught me His Word. While she provides no Truth but a lot of bad-mouthing, lies, slander, and herectical views of Christ.
---MarkV. on 9/16/10


Mark ... Why do you think I am attacking you always? Because I am not. Honestly!!

I have said to you here that as far as I can see Kathr did not say Jesus became the Son of God. Nor have I said that.

We have said He became "both 100% Son of God and 100% Man" In others He added the man bit to his already Godship. Same as you say, but differnet words.

My point about His eternal Sonship was that this could not have been biological since that would require a female to be His mother, and therefore she would have been in existence before He was. That is contrary to scripture.

His eternal Sonship is spiritual, fo=rom the beginning ... His biological Sonship was when He was born as man of Mary
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/15/10


Mark ... I could perhaps havbe been clearer in what I said. So although I have said that Jesus is the eternal Son of God, you say I have denied that!

What I did say that the eternal Jesus was not biologically the son of God, because that would have required a mother to have been in existence before Him. So His eternal Sonship is something other than biological.

He always was God's Son, and when He came here, His body became the biological son of God, with Mary as His mother.

Roman Catholic doctrine tries to say that Mary was Mother of the eternal God (rather then just of His earthly body) It is that doctrine I oppose, not yours
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/15/10


I can see you go to sleep thinking what you will do to oppose me, but in doing so you are attacking the deity of the Son.
---MarkV. on 9/15/10


WOW, does MarkV really believe himself to be the WORD the Eternal Son who anyone dares to question?

Really MarkV, get over yourself. This MarkV is a real problem with you and your postings. It comes very evident you believe yourself infallable? Where did that come from?

People may disagree with me, but to rebuke them as though I were God Himself is not anything we are even told to do!

Alan, mark is a child. he believes babies come from storks because that is what his mommy Calvin taught him. He just can't handle the real TRUTH! It's too up-setting to him. Unteachable!
---kathr4453 on 9/15/10




Mark and Alan, I would like to kindly jump in here and bring some light. The word I would like to bring to you both is "dispensation". We know that Jesus IS God, always was and always is and always will be God. But there was a time in history where he did something that he has never done before. God himself was born of a virgin, precisely as was prophesied, in the city of Bethlehem of Judea, on the night of December 25, 5 B.C., Jesus left his throne in heaven and came down and was supernaturally implanted into the womb of a human being, and was born in the likeness of his humans, and he lived and walked among us in person, showing all the way of God.
---Eloy on 9/15/10


Alan, I suggest you back-off from attacking the Eternal Son of God. It is the best advice I can give you today. You are walking on eggshells. You must be obsessed with me. I can see you go to sleep thinking what you will do to oppose me, but in doing so you are attacking the deity of the Son. I suggest also that you study Christology. The doctrine of the eternity of the Son of God is the most important doctrine in Christology as a whole because if the Son is not eternal then He is a creature who came into existence in time and lacks the quality of eternity and infinity which characterizes God Himself. Study before you get into this topic. It is a warning from a brother who loves you, no matter what you think of me.
---MarkV. on 9/15/10


Mark ... Why do you persist in misunderstanding what others write?

Ndeither Kathr nor I have said that "God became 100% God" ... we have said He became "100% God and 100% Man" and the contexts made it clear that He had previously and for ever been 100% God.

As for Jesus being the Son, originally He could not be God's biological Son, since He was there from the beginning, and it would have required that He had a Mother, there before Him. But Jesus the Man was God's biological Son, with Mary as His mother.

So we need to grant two different meaning to the term
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/15/10


The messages in the New Testament imply there is room for diversity, but with limits.

To one person Jesus asked that he give all the wealth he had and follow. To a woman who washed His feet with her hair, He said she was justified. Acceptance was different for those two.

Revelations talks about being 'hot or cold' as acceptable. Hot and cold are quite different from one another. Both require some effort.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan was originally spoken to Jews to imply there should be some acceptance of diversity.

On the other hand, Jesus warned against the Scribes, Parasees and others.
---Dan1724 on 9/15/10


Rhonda,
You might have a difficult time convincing those who have studied both bible history and the Catholic Church--extensively. You sound like some anti-Catholic (that MOTHER rcc business is offensive and I get your double meaning). Do some research.
---Jerald_Archer on 9/14/10


\\the teachings of catholic church are very LOOSELY based on concepts within the Bible however their catechism CONTRADICTS the Holy Word of God with their pagan traditions\\

Give specific examples, giving direct quotes from the CCC.

Or have you actually read it, Rhonda?
---Cluny on 9/14/10


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The Catholic Church gave you the Bible. The teachings of the Church are all biblical.
****

NO

Holy Scriptures are INSPIRED by God and written by Apostles - not one Apostle and more importantly Christ NEVER quoted "catholic" or catechism or any other concept because it was not established yet - although Christ understood his prophecy described the MOTHER rcc Rev 17

catholic is man-made label about a christ happening LONG after Biblical Christ walked earth in physical form

the teachings of catholic church are very LOOSELY based on concepts within the Bible however their catechism CONTRADICTS the Holy Word of God with their pagan traditions
---Rhonda on 9/14/10


Alan, Christ did not become 100% God at any time. No reason to add "He became 100% God" when He has always been fully God. She could have said, "Christ in His incarnation became 100% man." Maybe your English is better then mine, She could have also said, "at one time He was fully man and fully God" that too would have been good. And since sometime back she said Christ became a Son when He was born, which that too is wrong. He was always the Son. In our faith, The Son is eternal. There can be no mistake on that.
"God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved" God the Son existed before the incarnation. John 3:17.
---MarkV. on 9/14/10


The Catholic Church gave you the Bible. The teachings of the Church are all biblical. Some just don't want to follow the rules. Some tend to treat the Bible itself as an "idol". I urge you to do some research. Heresy is heresy, there is only One True Church, and Christ founded it--the Catholic Church. Nobody has ever disproved this, or the teachings of the Church. Ever.
---Jerald on 9/14/10


Mark, elsewhere you accuse me of sticking up for Kathr's heresy ... Another misrepresentation of yours ...

I corrected your misquoting of her statement. You read her correct statement that Jesus became "100% God and 100% man" as a heretical statement that Jesus became 100% God.

I'm surprised that you take such great exception to me correcting your misunderstanding about what Katr said. You should be grateful, or at least acknowledge that you were wrong.
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/14/10


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Mark, ... You've said to me elsewhere" "I keep telling you they are already heading that way through Adam's fall and in great need of Christ. I tell you that they sin because they want to sin, never did I say God made them sin"

But you have told me that God is Omniscient, and wills and controls everything that happens or has happened. That means that God willed the Fall, so He did plan that we are all sinners, and want to be so.

And as Jack has pointed out, you've also made it quite clear that God prevents most of mankind from repenting and being saved.

I've said that so many times to you. If I misunderstood what you'd said, you never corrected me.
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/14/10


\\catholic founded by MEN\\

And who do you think founded the protestant churches descended from the Roman Catholic Church? It wasn't God.

That's why I'm Orthodox.

There is only one Church that follows EVERY word of the Bible--and it's the Church that put the Bible together to start with.
---Cluny on 9/14/10


All Christian truths are to be found in the Catholic Church.
*******

all catholic truths are FOUND in their catechism which DIRECTLY contradicts Holy Scripture ...MOTHER rcc (Rev 17) OPENLY dismisses Holy Scriptures as inaccurate promoting catechism LIES

ONLY TRUTHS are in Holy Scripture

catholic founded by MEN

Holy Scripture STATES to worship The Father in Heaven in Truth and Spirit and ONLY Scripture contains TRUTH br>
mainstream christianity brands are from MEN

Christs CHURCH are called out ones - CALLED by The Father to worship in Truth and Spirit not a BRAND ...catholics are JUST another BRAND

align yourself with truth in Holy Scriptures SERVING Christ the head of the ONLY CHURCH
---Rhonda on 9/14/10


Jerald, you said,
"All Christian truths are to be found in the Catholic Church."
Your answer should have been,
"All Christian truths are to be found in God's Word"
Not all truths can be found in the RCC. Is worshipping idols a Scripture truth?
Is the removal of the Second Commandment a Christian Truth? If water regenerates the person and cleanse them of their sins, why is there purgatory? If Christ sacifice on the Cross is sufficient to save a person, why does he have to do works to be saved? Sorry. You are still enslave to man's traditions. You need to be freed.
---MarkV. on 9/14/10


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One true church CATHOLIC CHURCH founded by christ? are you kiddng me?
---francis on 9/14/10


I'm with the moderator. Instead of defending a denomination as most do here, each one should understand that we are imperfect. The possibility of been taught wrong is there because of that imperfectness. We have a personal relationship with Christ as genuine believers, and should always make sure what we are taught is really true. The only way you will find out is if each one compares what it taught to what Scripture declares. It is the responsibility of each one of us because in the end we cannot blame someone else for our carelessness or our pride for denomination. We will stand along before God. There will be no excuses.
---MarkV. on 9/14/10


Other Dominations exist due to the fact that some people want to make up their own "rules" There is only one true Church of Christ--the Catholic Church. Christ founded One Church, not 33,000. All Christian truths are to be found in the Catholic Church.
---Jerald_Archer on 9/14/10


The devil is real and his followers are real, we all dislike each other becasue we basically cannot believe that some of the teachings we recieved was of an uninformed mans interpretating without sound biblical fact. To denounce that teaching means we have to look at the teachers as a false or wrong witnesses even though the facts are proven wrong. It is too much to deal with, so we continue to bombard each other with differing understanding, while the devil is strengthing his army and we sit fighting each other, ( instead of the devil) as one body.

Good strategy of the devil, well it works, we're still fighting, yet there is only one Word?????? many translations!
---Carla on 9/14/10


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Having many different kinds of denominations is a good thing, for not every single person is the same as every other single person. Some people are conservative fundamentalists, and others are liberal charismatics: some prefer a complacent elementary Bible teaching, and others prefer an incitant advanced fulfilling of the Spirit.
---Eloy on 9/13/10


All whom have no works of Christ, are all Christless. "If you all love me, my commandments keep. Not all that say to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven: rather the one that Does the Commands of Father of me which is in heaven. And why call you all me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, all you that work sinuousness." Jn.14:14+ Mt.7:21+ Lk.6:46+ Mt.7:23.
---Eloy on 9/12/10


Moderator: I think you understated this one. Jesus preached that we should have no divisions in the Body of Christ. He stated that we should be of "one mind" and of one accord. We are admonished to rightly divide the Word of Truth. There is only one Holy Spirit and one truth. This is actually a good question since the Church as a whole seems to be sinning by not following the teaching of Christ. Perhaps this is a sign of an apostate church. Perhaps as discussed in Joel, truth has been removed from the church.
---jody on 9/12/10


Eloy, the passage is right, when Christ lives inside of you, believers do give evidence of their love for Christ, that is for sure, but they do those good works because they are saved already, and God gets the glory. So we don't have to boast about our works, since they are on account of God.
But here, the one's who bring up works are not talking about God's works through us, but their own self-righteous works in order to enter heaven. No amount of self-righteous good works will get you into heaven, because, God tells us, that every good thing is from above, yet man take the glory of it.
---MarkV. on 9/13/10


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Markv, The figless tree is wholly condemned. And what does Salvation say to the workless one? "Then will he say to them on the left hand, Depart from me all you cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungered, and you all gave me no food: I was thirsty, and you all gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and you all took me not in: naked, and you all clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you all visited me not. Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you all did nothing for one of the least of these, you all did nothing for me. And these will go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Mt.25:41-43,45,46.
---Eloy on 9/12/10


Eloy, the only people that select the "do" verses or the "obey" verses all the time, continuously are those who believe in works unto salvation, they want some glory for their works.
The rest of the people don't have to speak much of the "do" verses or the "obey" verses because they know that the good they do, it is because of Christ, so the honor and glory goes to Him.
While Obedience is not a option, a genuine Christian understands that we obey God because of God living inside of us. Without God we can do nothing. We acknowledge that by faith.
You concentrate on the works you do, as shown by many of your answers.
---MarkV. on 9/12/10


Like a self-serving buffet, some people pick and choose only those items that they like to eat, rather than a complete balanced meal. Some select only the "love" verses, and some the "blessing" verses, but very very few select the "work", the "do" and the "obey" verses.
---Eloy on 9/11/10


michael_e on 9/10/10

amen.
---aka on 9/11/10


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I think that denominations are really necessary as the competition among them is good.

If your church has poor leadership, view the church as another entity in the market place.

All too often people who are in the leadership of the church become corrupted by money and power. Lost of membership is one thing that promotes better leadership as all too often leadership is totally out of step with the rank and file Christian.
---leej on 9/10/10


There are many denominations because there is very little "right division".
The confusion today comes from an failure to grasp several vital, bible truths.

Rightly divide the word of truth

Acknowledge Paul as the apostle to the Gentiles

Recognize the distinctiveness of the church the body of Christ
---michael_e on 9/10/10


Mark V, thanks for sharing. I am happy I am not the only one who believes the KJV, trinity, born again. As far as missionaries, my bible tells me to go into all the land and preach the gospel. Of course, I am not a preacher, but a witness. There are missionaries who are not preachers.
---shira3877 on 9/10/10


Shira, thank you for sharing about your faith. I believe everything you said was right on. Not everyone knows all there is to know about Scripture, but what you shared is very true. We are reminded as believers in Christ to make our salvation sure. Jesus spoke of having to be born again of the Spirit. We should all make sure of our salvation. For works will never get us into His Kingdom. Thanks for sharing sister.
---MarkV. on 9/10/10


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//michael, what did I say that you don't agree with.//

shira, I don't believe John 3:3 is as important to the Church, the body of Christ, as most believe. I don't believe missionaries are as important as most believe, but I will not put you down for what you believe
I applaud you for sticking with the KJV, even though SOME seem to think it doesn't line up with the originals(which they don't have and have never seen)
---michael_e on 9/10/10


ignatious, in what are you referring. Maybe you should get a kjv and read. That is what I believe. I am done with this foolishness. I am not catholic so be gone with the garb.
---shira3877 on 9/10/10


The orignal Creed did not have "and the Son" (Filoque).

Sira, I just ask you simple questions, which you did not answer. Those are important topics. Are they shun by independent Baptist pastor?

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 9/9/10


michael, what did I say that you don't agree with. Ignatious, or whatever your name is, the kjv tells me Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I amd my father are one. I do believe in the trinity. What do you believe?
Let go of the intectual jibber. I am baptist, kjv, fundamental and I love the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a born again christian. I believe every single word of the Holy Bible.
---shira3877 on 9/9/10


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Is the correct version -

And [we believe] in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father,and the Son....

The Father and the son are one, at least that is what Jesus said.
---leej on 9/9/10


shira-

You don't believe in the Holy Sprint? Do you believe in the Holy Trinity? Do you agree with this statement:

"And [we believe] in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets...." (Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed).

And what is your Christology? Do you confess what the Holy Ecumenical Synods (Nicaea, 325AD, First Council of Constantinople, 381AD, First Council of Ephesus, 431AD, Council of Chalcedon, 451AD, Second/Third Councils of Constantinople, 553AD/680-681AD) confess? Or are you a Sabellian/Arian/Nestorian, etc?

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 9/9/10


"Roman Catholics / Eastern Orthodox prefer to follow ancient rituals and seldom if at all even speak of Scriptures." (leej)

Which is a lie, and you know it. The Divine Liturgies of Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Basil the Great, Saint James, among others, are Scriptura based, Scriptures are either quoted or alluded to and sermons is a part of it.

And where you get the idea that Roman Catholic never speak of Scriptures? Last time I went to a Catholic Mass, Scriptures was being taught (which IS part of the Roman Missal) and the parish had Bible studies.

But when it time to bash other Christians, "thou shall not bear false witness against thy brethren" is no longer applicable.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 9/9/10


//It seems every church I have attended choose only a FEW scriptures instead of EVERY word in the Bible to base a doctrine on. Why?

Much is based upon the founders of the denominations and current leadership.

Pentecostal will emphasize speaking in tongues much to the exclusion of other important doctrines.

Adventists are hung-up on observing the Sabbath and Levitical dietary laws and generally ignore any counter arguments.

Roman Catholics / Eastern Orthodox prefer to follow ancient rituals and seldom if at all even speak of Scriptures.

Many of the mainline Protestant denominations emphasize social issues much to the exclusion of Biblical doctrines.

Christians need learn by themselves.
---leej on 9/9/10


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//shira3877 on 9/9/10//

shira, thank you for sharing, i agree with most everthing you say.
---michael_e on 9/9/10


//Why so many denominations?//

Because people want to cling to doctrines that make them more loved by God than their neighbor.

Its sibling rivalry, except we're all adults now and we're fighting over God.
---JackB on 9/9/10


michael, I believe in the Living God, His Son, Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, died on a cross, rose again and is in heaven on the right hand of His Father, God. I believe one has to be born again to be saved. I believe when you are saved, your flesh is always in battle with the spirit that lives in you. I believe in missionaries at home and abroad and we support 23 missionaries. I'll stick with the old stuff. Gospel hymns and musical instruments, blue grass gospel, old time preaching.
---shira3877 on 9/9/10


michael, why don't you look up independent baptist and read for yourself. I don't have enough room to write what I believe.
---shira3877 on 9/9/10


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I am willing to bet, that if we get two baptist preachers to tell us what they believe we get 3 different doctrines.

Anyone willing to take that bet?
---francis on 9/9/10


//At least when people learn I am independent baptist they know what I believe.
---shira3877 on 9/8/10 //
Would you care to share your belief?
---michael_e on 9/9/10


there are many, many generic churches. No one knows what they believe. At least when people learn I am independent baptist they know what I believe.
---shira3877 on 9/8/10


I have been in many baptist churches where pastors shun many subjects including the Blood.
---shira_3877 on 9/8/10


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WE use the whole bible "rightly divided as our authority. I don't take the earthly things, God gave Israel for the Church, the BoC.
For instance I leave Lev. chapter 5 right where it is.
---michael_e on 9/8/10


I chose to be an independent baptist because my pastor preaches the whole bible in context. We don't take one verse and build a church. We use the whole bible as our authority. He does not shy away from any subject in the bible. I am what I am because I believe the whole bible.
---shira3877 on 9/8/10

Doesn't everyone else believe that their church/ pastor does the same thing?
---francis on 9/8/10


in the second and third century, Rome wanted to maintian power and status. They shifted power to the bishops ( local church leaders) and there by created a Theocracy.

In later years the RCC to prevent some from teaching against the deity of jesus took away bible from all the common people.

As time went on people got hold of bible and realized the errors that were in the RCC and started to branch out beased on thier differences with the RCC teaching.
Among these were the Lutherans, Methodist, and baptist.

When people disagree with what their denomination is teaching they move out and start a new denomination, usually retaining 99% of their old denomination's theology.

That is why we have so many demoninations
---francis on 9/8/10


// We use the whole bible as our authority.//

WE use the whole bible "rightly divided as our authority. I don't take the earthly things, God gave Israel for the Church, the BoC.
For instance I leave Lev. chapter 5 right where it is.
---michael_e on 9/8/10


I chose to be an independent baptist because my pastor preaches the whole bible in context. We don't take one verse and build a church. We use the whole bible as our authority. He does not shy away from any subject in the bible. If I wanted to pray to Mary, I would join another church. I am what I am because I believe the whole bible.
---shira3877 on 9/8/10


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Denominations are a product of Satan to divide the church into their own cults each having their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible.

The christian life has become complicated during these end times. It's very difficult to believe anyone anymore with every denomination, and sometimes within each denomination, teaching their own doctrines.

Only do what Christ has said. Living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational churches. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," "comfort," and "encourag." Colossians 2:8-10
---Steveng on 9/7/10


Divisions occurred even in the time of Moses. See in Numbers 16 "3 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"

Then the mother of two of the Apostles asked (Matt 20) "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom". Just the request caused some potential division and jealousy "24When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers."

It seems that humility is the best way to avoid divisions and strife.
---Dan1724 on 9/7/10


2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15 with his deceiving confusions devised the Man - made denominations beginning with the trin rcc Rev.17 v's 4 - 6 & her daughters trin churches, & the devil makes people think it is God. God is Not the author of confusion, the devil Is.
---Lawrence on 8/26/10


The answer to this question is the same as how come so many questions in this blog? Jesus wanted unity and prayed for it with his disciples. Well, Satan had to get to the early church fast and did that thur Saul/Paul (Simon Magus). Paul gave us confusion. He made it easy for people to think they were saved. Jesus sowed truth (wheat) and Satan sowed lies (weeds) and the field is the New Testament. Read "THE SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH" for proof!
---Dr._Rich on 2/20/08


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The Bible uses Babylon to signify the confusing array of religion. God would like unity but lasting unity can be found only in Him. To be in Him is to know Him+ to know Him is to follow and obey Him.
Denominations describe people groups who consent to follow instructions. Different denominations vary the content of what they see as truth for them. REV 14:6-12 describes
a group that will continue to accept the truths of JCh that have been dropped through the historical periods of REV 6:1-8.
---Pierr7958 on 2/20/08


Starting in Genesis 3:1-5, Satan attacks a person of God by altering the word of God. Like with Eve, if you truely don't know God's word, you can be deceived.
Now the question is which bible, what doctrine and what apostle? Simple- KJV, Grace, and Paul. 2 Timothy 2:15, Study and rightly divide.
---geraa7578 on 6/8/07


Because we have not all come into the fullness of faith yet.
---ann_G on 10/7/05


Happy that there many different denominations, why because we are free to choose where to worship...I don't no where I would have been by now if there was only one denom (Assemblies of God).
---happy on 9/28/05


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Xanthi, thank you for explaining what Wiccans are. I have never heard that term before.
---rue on 8/29/05


Rue a wiccan is someone involved in witchcraft. Praise God that Pamalia is no longer involved.
---Xanthi on 8/29/05


Pt1
Every Chrisitan denomination developes their doctrine according to the revelation they have received from the Word.

In the Book of Acts, Apolos "... SPOKE with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately though he knew only the baptism of John." But when the way of God was explained to him MORE adequately, it says he then began to preach with great power (Acts 18:25-28).

When Apolos' knowledge and understanding increased, his ministry was affected.
---DoryLory on 8/29/05


Pt2
Denominations are man-made (as was mentioned in another Blog by another writer). If we lived in a world where God's perfect Will was accomplished, we wouldn't have such divisions. But in an imperfect world, different denominations do have their place and their purpose.

"FOR there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you." (1 Corinthians 11:19)
---DoryLory on 8/29/05


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What is a Wiccan?
---rue on 8/28/05


There are alot of people that have hand me down religions. Meaning, since their grandfather was a baptist, or etc, the will be to. And if people don't like what the preacher is saying, then they leave and set up a new church, with "their" rules, instead of the truth.
---Rebecca_D on 8/28/05


The moderator said it perfectly.People want to follow what they want to hear & therefor over centuries differnt denominations got made, but notice there wasn't a denomination when you follow Jesus, you were just a Christian.
---Candice on 8/28/05


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