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Different Types Of Christianity

Do you believe that God wants different types of Christianity to suit different cultures?

Moderator - No.

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Christan: Be nice, now. In my understanding of English, the preposition "if" in "if it were possible" denotes at least a finite possibility. I'll bet you consider yourself one of the "elect", don't you?
---jerry6593 on 7/21/11


jerry6593, do you even comprehend Matthew 24:24? Jesus declared, "...if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.", which simple English will tell you, it is not possible to deceive the elect is what Christ is saying.

So forget about your "maybe, maybe not."

And why can't the elect be deceived? Simple, because only the elect are born of the Spirit of God and Jesus's promise to His elect is "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come." John 16:13

It's a covenant, and God never break His covenant.
---christan on 7/18/11


A-men Moderator, No.
---Eloy on 7/17/11


Christan: "ONLY the ELECT will not be deceived."

Maybe, maybe not!

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
---jerry6593 on 7/17/11


There's only one true Jesus Christ but there are many false Christs. The same is said of Christianity. And who warned His people of this? None other than Jesus Christ,

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:24

ONLY the ELECT will not be deceived.
---christan on 7/16/11




John:

Since you condemn catholics, orthodox, and most protestants, just which embodiment of modern Christianity do you think is "authentic"?

You mock many who earnestly seek to serve Jesus by calling them "DEMON-I-NATIONS". Mockery seldom adds anything useful to any discussion. Also, since you say "demon", take great care - Jesus said blasphemy against the son would be forgiven, but NOT against the Holy Spirit - something one risk if one calls something the Holy Spirit is responsible for demonic.

Yes, most Christian groups have SOME error. That was true 2000 years ago. Wheat is always mixed with tares. But that's no reason to burn the wheat.

Also, you might want to fix your caps-lock key.
---StrongAxe on 7/16/11


Absolutely not. There is only one gospel and one Christ. This gospel has no cultural barriers and God shows no favoritism due to culture.
---jody on 7/16/11


duane: "A Christian is one who trusts in Christ alone, NOT what we do to gain eternal life.
THERE IS NO OTHER TYPE OF CHRISTIAN"

I agree with Jerry, and think sometimes the "simple" truth(s) are most profound.
---christina on 7/16/11


duane: "A Christian is one who trusts in Christ alone, NOT what we do to gain eternal life.
THERE IS NO OTHER TYPE OF CHRISTIAN"

So true, and very profound. It is appalling how many alleged Christians think that religion is all about THEM, and their salvation. I believe that we are here to vindicate the character of God by obedience to Him out of our love for Him.
---jerry6593 on 7/16/11


A Christian is one who trusts in Christ alone, NOT what we do to gain eternal life.
THERE IS NO OTHER TYPE OF CHRISTIAN
---duane on 7/4/11




There is only One type of Christian, as Our Apostle writes.
Eph. 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love,
3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
---michael_e on 7/3/11


God wants christians...born again christians. God wants people to use the bible for a road map. Everyone does not believe the same...many beliefs and many cultures but there is one God....He died for all men. (and women) Other cultures worship other gods and our culture worships other gods too. There is one true God, Jehovah.
---shira3877 on 6/29/11


Define 'DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHRISTIANITY'!!!!

If you just mean 'different style of worship', fine, all well an good

If you mean 'different beleifs', no good!
---Peter on 6/29/11


The heart of this question is when is it good to turn away from culture or to use culture for HIS kingdom. Ex. Paul used the Greek temple of the unknown god to introduce God/Jesus to the Athenians. In one of Pauls letters it talks about women covering there heads in church. In that culture women were supposed cover heads in public. Division was created by this and was a distraction. Which is not what God wants.
---Scott on 6/29/11


"Do you believe that God wants different types of Christianity to suit different cultures?" No. His Word is the same for all cultures. granted, it might be in different languages,but same "instructions" for all. rather, I believe that He uses different individuals, one a foot, another a hand, to be part of one body, uniting us, inseparably, even with our unique differences. the church I attend has many members from many cultures/countries. It's one of the things i love about it. I have never been to a church with such diversity, yet the order, the love. the unity, and love For the Lord are amazing
---christina on 6/29/11


Do you believe that God wants different types of Christianity to suit different cultures?
---jamea5375 on 9/28/06
I really like this question. People of diffeent cultures who are of the exact same denomination do practice differently.
Even with the continental USA, people of different states may practice differently even within a given denomination. So I can see the value in that question
---francis on 6/29/11


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No. Not different types of Christianity. But different denominations. Some like formality and ritual. Some like a casual come-as you-are approach. Some feel uncomfortable without a lot of rules. Some are more laissez-faire. Differences in doctrine abound. And many doctrines are peripheral (not essentail to salvation) in my view. I personally believe God is too big to reject someone because of their diet or manner of baptism.

Being a Christian has to do with repentance for sin, having a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior, recognizing His divinity and accepting His sacrifice as the one and only remedy for flawed humanity. A follower of Christ most often shows love, joy, peace, goodness, meekness, faith, patience and self-control.
---Donna66 on 6/28/11


THIS IS ONLY ONE CHRISTIAN CHURCH!

THEN YOU HAVE THE PAGANS:

(ORTHOS/RCC ETC)

THEN YOU HAVE THE APOSTATES:

(BAPTIST EVANGELICALS)

THEN YOU HAVE THE HERETICS:

(FUNDIMENTALS/PRE-TRIBS ETC)


THEY ARE PROPERLY CALLED DEMON-I-NATIONS!

---John on 6/28/11


In all that has been said, especially to those who say ( correctly) That God does not want "different types of christianity" whatever that could mean, remember that culture does not always go against the bible.

For example: As a christian in an Asian culture, you should be perfectly OK taking your shoes off to enter a house, and kneeling to eat.
Or in an Indian culture, you should be perfectly fine using a bible without leather binding
---francis on 6/28/11


A person can be raised in a Christian family lifestyle, attend a Christian based Church religion or denomination with Judeo-Christian moral values but still not be saved or born again. Once born again they may choose to stay in their original Christian Church but need to be able to fellowship with fellow born again Christians. Not all Christians are born again. But They must believe in Christ and his work on the cross and his resurrection to be a Christian.
---Dan on 6/28/11


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Any talk about the real issue, the false emergent church causes someone here to redirect or try to drown out the discussion.
It's not something they want to think about, take a good hard look at, because they belong to one. I can tell by the posts as I am familiar with the Manifesto.
---lisa on 5/29/08


Those who are clinging to the Manifesto may not be influenced by those who are clinging to the old rugged cross.
That's the safety net, throwing the Manifesto out, and all of the propaganda that goes with it.
After all, what kind of fruit is it really producing?
---lisa on 5/29/08


Moderator? Are you kidding me? I do not even know what the "Emergent church" is, as of yet? I have never heard of it until today.But,I think it meant New Age...
However, I am guessing that it is probably just another denominational religion...But, I can assure you that it is not in my Holy Bible.However,I am smart enough to know that the "Doctrines of Demons" comes to mind.Just like with every other false religion!
Now be sure and put this one through.
---Elisabeth on 5/28/08


Elizabeth,

Are you stating that you are part of the new age or emergent church movement?
---Moderator on 5/28/08


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Perhaps, your emergent church has not incorporated all of the endless possibilites, but eventually, it will have to.
The New Age church used to encompass about 4,000 false religions, that number is increasing as we speak. The emergent church will welcome each and every one of those false relgions.
---lisa on 5/28/08


Your questions should be reserved for the emergent pastor. He needs to answer those for you, but he may not even know how big the can of worms he has opened for all of you.
---lisa on 5/28/08


Everything you have listed and I have listed can be found in the emergent church of purpose. If you're angry with me, it's your emergent church that deserves the scrutiny.
---lisa on 5/28/08


There is no polite way to walk around on eggshells or smooth it out for you. You know exactly what an emergent church is about and I do know that it must be incredibly important to you.
But my loyalty is to Jesus Christ and not to an emerging movement.
---lisa on 5/28/08


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Plumblines are being drawn and it hurts the sensibilities for some, their entire lives are now devoted to this movement.
They live, breathe and eat the Emergent Manifesto, it is their new bible. Everything you want to know about it, can be found there.
---lisa on 5/28/08


The Emergent Manifesto is alive an well on many of these blogs, I try to overlook them.
The same way I know atheist is not really an atheist, I do know manifesto from being buffaloed or driven off of cliff#1 or cliff#2.
---lisa on 5/28/08


Lisa, those who know Christ and reject Him are not saved. What has light to do with darkness. Will we associate with those who would count the death of Christ as a waste of time? Be careful who you associate with because their opinions will rub off on you, and before you know it you will have lost any tiny seed of faith sown in you.
---frances008 on 5/28/08


NewAge sounds to much like SewAge to me!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/28/08


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New age has a great deal to do with the emergent church of purpose.
I do realise how much it means to someone here, but I can't help that. It's considered to be an apostate end time church.
---lisa on 5/28/08


Lisa, New Age?
What does New Age have to do with the God of the Holy Bible?
New Age sounds to me like Real Religionism...Wow...
Can you imagine all the devils and demons in that environment...? The witches must be having a field day.
Scientology? Doctrines of Demons? Religious Tradition, Humanism, etc. etc.and on and on? Again, This brings you right back to Matthew 7:23.Read it for yourself...Do not be deceived.You need to be filled with the Spirit of Truth.
---Elisabeth on 5/28/08


Marcia, PLEASE explain what an "emergent" church is...or "mosaic" or...whatever other names you used. I've seen you post on different blogs talking about this and have no idea what's going on. Please explain. :-)
Forgive my ignorance on the subject.
---Todd1 on 5/28/08


Would that prophecy be for all those who are not a part of the emergent church talked about on this blog?
I think so, as any and all discussion that points out the error of the emergent movement is met with a harsh opposition.
I believe this question was originally asked to garner support for all denoms, including non-denoms to come under the headship, leadership of an emergent leader, or start an emergent village. It is the only thing that satisfies this new mindset and it is a strong one.
---Marcia on 5/28/08


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These are the subtle questions used to write more about the benefits of becoming emergent.
They have groupie websites where they go on and on about the pleasures of being an emergent. They never mention about being a Christian and emergent has replaced "Christian" and Christianity is replaced by worldly mission statements.
---Marcia on 5/28/08


It's strange because it's more like a being a part of a high school clique rather than about Jesus Christ. Emergent this and emergent that, now that's alarming but it is replacing churches. As the mainliners die out, elderly members pass on, they're grabbing up the teenagers and luring their parents to join in. It may seem harmless, but we'll probably see more false signs and wonders to come out of this movement.
---Marcia on 5/28/08


God uses people for different missions with Different personalities. I feel too many Christians are sitting around with a silly grin on their faces while Satan is moving in and taking over this nation. Believing that this is being sooo humble. God says, "it is displeasing to me". And you will find that in the word of God. So, Keep on grinning, you are walking on dangerous ground, my friends. Not only here, but in heaven. That is, if you even make to heaven.
---catherine on 5/28/08


There is only one true type of Christianity, and that is following Christ and His commandments. The Bible is to be the ruler by which we measure every "Christian" doctrine and teaching. We should all be striving to be ever closer to the Bible truth.

Eph 4:5 "one Lord, one faith, one baptism"
---Todd1 on 5/27/08


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...Also, one caveat :-p

Acts 17:30 "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent."

So even if someone is not fully in harmony with God's will, they can still be saved because God is fair and only holds us accountable for the light that has been revealed to us. The more light we follow, the more He'll reveal.
---Todd1 on 5/27/08


In the New Age church of Christianity, evil and sin are considered to be an illusion.
The mission statements aim for an all inclusive, every wind of doctrine goes type of church. They're friendly, and everyone feels at home, even new agers.
---lisa on 5/27/08


In the New Age church of Chrisianity, all ways of worshipping God are welcomed.
Catholicism, Buddha, even Scientologists would feel completely comfortable.
---lisa on 5/27/08


I believe that we have the same foundation but different music, different flow of the service..nothing wrong with that. This is totally taste... sadly, this is not where it ends with differences and attitudes toward each other.
---melanie on 5/27/08


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Christianity, the belief that Jesus is God.

People have created different ways of worshiping Him. Why would that be wrong? We enjoy different types of food, but we all eat.
---deb on 5/27/08


If the fruit of the spirit is being played out between Christians of different cultures and in their dealings with non-believers, then their Christianity is genuine despite any outward appearances.
---LoveOneAnother on 5/27/08


Lis.~~Jesus is not evil or an illuision and He is the focus in our Catholic-Christian Church!-From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.Galatians 6:17
Get behind me satan!Since there is 1 bread-we who are many are one body-for we all partake of the one bread. 1Corin-10:17-For even as the body is one-yet has many members-an all the members of the body, though they are many-are 1 body-so also is Christ.1 Corin.-12:12
---lisa on 5/27/08


Any visible church (body of believers) will be attacked. That is why it is better to be a spiritual body. No buildings. No organizations. Just a group of diverse peoples, nations, cultures, races, all following the same Bible in different languages. Praying at home. Working among the people of the World. Bringing in lost souls for God.
---frances008 on 5/27/08


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I wonder who is the Mother of all these harlots! There is ONE church and it is the Bride of Christ.
---frances008 on 5/27/08


It is our true heart condition whether or not we have truly accepted Jesus as Savior that matters.Whether we are loud in worship,quiet etc.doesn't matter but we must believe that Jesus is the Savior and the only way to the Father or we are lost
---shirley on 5/26/08


I agree, Moderator.
There are new churches being formed to accommodate every cultural belief, Catholic, SDA, JW, Buddha - self-realization, New Age Church of Christianity, eastern mysticism, everything. Evil and adversity are illusions. The Old Covenant law is incorporated in with this new intellectually-driven immorality.
---lisa on 5/26/08


True Christianity is constantly counterfeited.
The Christians in Ephesus faced daily pressure to compromise their convictions. Persecution exacted a dear price on the people of God.
The Ephesians faced a constant strain, but on the other hand, they gained an inner strength that would overrule threats to true Christianity. Times were very unstable for them, as they are now. Anything could happen next.
---lisa on 5/26/08


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One God One Spirit One life in Christ.
There is only Him Jesus!
We are intended to be one under Him.
---lisa on 5/26/08


MikeM is smart.
---nadia on 5/11/08


Depends what you mean by "types." The central emphasis God wants is on Jesus, Son of God, died for sin, rose again and will return. With that in place, types of music, baptismal modes, etc. won't stand in salvation's way.
---Geraldine on 7/16/07


I think God will redeem cultures and use different illistations to deepen our understanding of Him. Native Americans have done this very well, as do many african tribes
---Jared on 11/15/06


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I agree with Christina. No, Helen5378, I do not believe that one is save by works, I spoke to Lee about this,I said: [ Many religions,including some deceived Christian's believe that only "good works" save them,but God's redeemed know better. God's redeemed know that they are not saved because they don't steal,don't lie,don't cuss, etc.,they are saved because they have the Blood of Jesus WORKING in their lives,in their souls ]. Helen,I live by this Scripture:(Eph.2:10). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/14/06


Mrs. Morgan - You have to know what the truth of the Gospel is before you can go free. The Gospel in a nutshell is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is the Cross of Christ that will set you free, and nothing else.
---Helen_5378 on 10/11/06


Mrs. Morgan - If only some Christians will go to heaven then what is the point of being saved? And if that's the case what was the point of Jesus dying on the Cross? Salvation is totally by faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross or it is not salvation. You have a salvation of works, whereby you are trying to keep your own salvation... God calls that "fallen from grace" (Galatians 5:4). The whole of the Book of Galatians is about justification by faith - read and absorb it.
---Helen_5378 on 10/11/06


Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the father but by Him. ALL TRUE christians will go to heaven. God alone knows the hearts.
---christina on 10/11/06


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Ms Morgan, 'Authentic Gospel Truth' Whose authentic truth as opposed to all others?
---MikeM on 10/11/06


There is only One Gospel Truth, and Christian's must follow It, some think that all Christians are going to heaven, no, just the one's who abide in the Authentic Gospel Truth. Jesus said you will know the Truth, and the Truth, will set you free, it's really that simple.
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/10/06


Eph.4:4-6 "There is one body & one Spirit;, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God & Father of all who is above all, & through all, & in you all". The Bible is true. The problem is us. Jesus said baptize in the name of the Father,& of the Son, & of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 Baptize in the name of Jesus Christ. Which do you believe? Could they both be right? Could one verse be translated wrong?(KAI= & or even). Hence so many denominations...
---mikefl on 10/1/06


Let me reiterate a bit: Like, Geraldine implied, via God's intelligently designed orchestration, the styles and cultures of different congregations may reflect the cultures of the people of the communities in which they are embedded, or that of a specifically targeted group of people, as long neither culture nor doctrine contradict the one and only true code of the Gospel which can be found in the Christian bible from Genesis to Revelations.
---Okebaram on 9/30/06


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rebecca dear, I don,t care what race or religion someone is.Race yes, but religion.if someone has accepted jesus they are saved and a christian.how can someone as you stated be of a religion ,oh say like a budist, and still accept jesus?ALL who don,t accept jesus and practice any other religion are lost.your statement about not caring about their religion is a bit in error.
---tom2 on 9/29/06


praise God I,am a victim of the gospel of jesus christ.there is only one truth,one religion per say, and that is God,his son, his holy spirit.jesus said Iam the way the truth the life no one comes to the father but by me, that sounds pretty darn one sided to me.
---tom2 on 9/29/06


mike m, it,s not God or scriptural.religion is a man made thing . religion worshipped the greek gods and so many other pagan beliefs its impossible to name them here. GOOD that what causes sin in our world. to say that its good to have different religions is really a terrible statement.thers only one truth brother, and the world needs to know it and we actually are commanded to tell them.
---tom2 on 9/29/06


No. What God wants is for his children to come together in unity and in one accord. Example 120 in the upper room, they were all in one mind and one accord. there were no religions seperating them, races, etc. They were all God's people (christians). I can praise God with anyone, it doesn't matter to me what race or religion they are, just as long as they have King Jesus in their heart, hey we can shout together.
---Rebecca_D on 9/29/06


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Someone will always be there to run to the plate ans declare exactly 'what God wants.' Thousands do it constantly.

I would ask, 'Who has the apostolic claim to authority?' Cultural mores change, and yes in history Christianity has changed again and again influenced by culture and philosophy. I would think an apostolic claim would transcend culture mores.
---MikeM on 9/29/06


As a society it is good that there are many different forms of religion. If there were one or two then we would become a victom if it, as it would be a threat.(like the RCC or early protestants were) For society religious pluralism is a prescription for freedom. I do not want Catholics, Buddhist, or fundamentalist to have a monopoly on power, culturally, or politically.
As to 'what God wants' that is a different matter.
---MikeM on 9/29/06


Absolutely not. Jesus said that HE is the Way, the Truth and the Life, NO MAN comes to the Father but by me.
---Donna9759 on 9/29/06


There is only one Christianity - Jesus. But there are different Christian religions that were and are created by man. Reading the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation will attest to that. I think there are over 3,300 (or 33,000, can't remember because of Alzheimer's : ) ) different Christian religions in the world.
---Steveng on 9/29/06


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remember the new testament? paul writes to the galatians,corinthians,thessolonians,romans, ephesians,phillipians,collossians,and the hebrews.he tells of one gospel for the world. to talk of changing the gospel for cultural reasons is blasphemy.
---tom2 on 9/28/06


Geraldine, you are very right. I would have said no, but then i wondered what he defines as types: does he mean buildings, names, congregation sizes, or doctrines. if doctrines, the answer is no because like Geraldine pointed out there is only one convenant that brings us to God & frees us from condemnation: the convenant rooted in the blood of Jesus, the code of which is the true word of God found from Genesis to Revelations in the bible.
---Okebaram on 9/28/06


absolutely not. we already have a cazillion denominations which are not what jesus ever wanted, that distort the word.
---tom2 on 9/28/06


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