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Why Different Denominations

Why are there so many different denominations of Christian churches? Have Christians over the years cut up God to suit their own personal tastes? Why do these denominations not interact more? What drives them to believe that their way of worshiping God is correct over their Christian brother's way?

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The bible speaks to churches as individual entities(Rev) but as one body with many members and with one head (Jesus).
I don't think Christ developed different theologies -different churches develop for many reasons - 1) try to purport their own ideology 2) try to get back to basics.
I see every split as a new opportunity to plant a church and if God had cared about our doctrinal disputes He'd have written a precise set of instructions. As it is we have "Christ in us our hope of Glory",
---Andrea on 7/28/08

God's Church was born on The Day Pentecost,
Acts 2 v's 37-39,fulfills Matt 28 v 19-20. constantine devised catholocism 325 yr's aft the birth of God's Church was born on The Day of Pentecost. constantine tried to overthrow,God's Church that was born on The Day of Pentecost. constantine catholocism trying to say they are the first church with their graven images & idol worship,they are (''NOT''),God's Church. Rev.17 v's 4-6,IS catholocism,ALL the other denominations branched off of catholocism.
---Lawrence_Nemeth on 10/17/07

some denominations out there some say if u are good u can get to heaven no matter what u have done and some believers believe that, and they don't realize that you need Jesus Christ to get into heaven and that some don't want to hear that so they go to a different church that don't preach that, thats what I meant when I said some want to hear about the milk, but not the meat.
---ANN on 10/15/07

So, when you say that there are people who only desire milk and not meat, you ARE saying that you are fully executing the will of the Father in your life, right? I mean, every day you are presenting yourself a living sacrifice, knowing and reckoning the old man dead and yielding your members as servants of righteousness, mortifying the deeds of the body by faith, and so yielded to the Spirit of God that the lusts, desires, and passions of the flesh are not fulfilled at all, right?
---Linda on 10/15/07

Don't forget that the lusts of the flesh aren't just certain behaviors but extend on into motives and attitudes. If you are indeed doing the will of the Father, then your reply doesn't reflect that because you set yourself apart from those who, like Peter said, desire the sincere milk of the Word for the purpose of growth.
---Linda on 10/15/07

I thought the meat of the Word was the will of the Father worked out. I mean, that would be the flesh on the bones, right? Jesus said that His meat was to DO the will of the one who sent Him and to finish the work. How did He finish the work? By offering Himself up as a sacrifice for sin. That right there is the meat of the Word, the will of the Father executed in the flesh.
---Linda on 10/15/07

1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1Pe 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

So, the meat of the Word is telling people that they will go to hell if they don't follow Jesus?
---Linda on 10/15/07

Their so many believers out there that they want just the milk of the preaching and not the meat. Another words they don't want the pastor to tell them if they don't follow Jesus Christ they are going to hell, so they rather hear that all good ppl are going to hell reguardless if they have Jesus or not.
---ANN on 10/15/07

oh no,the original church was converted jews,in jersalem.after pauls conversion he started the gentile nissions as he was instructed by jesus,which later became the orthodox church.
---tom2 on 10/14/07

The joy of the Lord is our strength. There is no reason to suffer through church services. They should edify you and cause growth and worship should be moving. So no I don't go to be entertained but when I go I don't expect to be bored either.
---caleb on 10/8/07

Mainliners are often good tithers, well established in a community. So mega's keep the tithers and pretty soon, you end up with another mainline church. Deacon boards, committees to decide where the tithes go, programs to keep everyone entertained and bring more finances in, plays, rock bands, dances, more lively - but similar to the mainline church they left. Splinters form, smaller home groups and on it goes.

---Michelle on 10/8/07

In defense of denominations that keep a lid on flaky, fakey, false, and the whacky...
A well seasoned pastor and board that's "been there - done that", when people receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, without direction it can end up in charismatic chaos. Not everything that starts out in the flesh ends up in the Spirit.

---Michelle on 10/8/07

Some of it stays in the flesh, everyone wants to be a prophet and prophesy, false words can be spoken over people. That's dangerous. Everyone desires the good gifts, but some self proclaim themselves into those offices. Then you have a mess on your hands. This is why mainline churches keep a lid on it and eliminate it altogether. It's safer for the sheep, but the pews are chilly. An unbalanced church, either way, is not a desirable place to be.

---Michelle on 10/8/07

Yes, I agree. In most every community, you'll now find a mega church that started because the people found mainline churches full of dead mens bones. Some are good and some, not so much. I've also watched some 'mega' believers who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit break off and form another church - because the "mega's" found that out the former mainliners could not handle it.

---Michelle on 10/8/07

We will eventually have a one world Church(a globalization of the churches if you will) this could easily come about after the rapture. For the rapture will be so devastating that the masses will welcome any type of leadership. That leadership the Antichrist!!!
---Mima on 10/8/07


Amen Sister!

I would like to add that too many of God's people are going to church for entertainment rather than to worship God. A friend of mine stated that they were leaving the church they have attended for years for a Non-Denominational church. He said he liked their rock and roll band and the youth activities for the kids.

Come on! Church is for worshipping God, not for entertaining the masses!

You can go to an amusement park for that.

Does anyone agree?
---trey on 10/7/07

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I would rather have 100000 protestant denominations then one big church with a multitude of false teachings. Jesus can figure out who are His and it is better to be in a small group of believers then a big group of quasi-believers.
---caleb on 10/7/07

Give me denominations any day over the OWC. There are so many false doctrines and false gospels, if we were forced into one church following false prophets and all of the false gospels - who would make it in? Narrow is the gate. The Bible says to come out from among them and separate ourselves from false gospels. Don't force me into a false church, please.

Luke 4:18 Isa 61:1 Isa 11:2 Acts 13:23

---Michelle on 10/7/07

Jesus Christ is our pattern for everything we do.
Look for a church that
Preaches the Word
Preaches repentance and forgiveness

Heals the wounded
Prays for deliverance
Speaks Truth to open the blind spiritual eyes
Set at liberty the bruised and restores the broken by forgiveness
Worships God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Jesus is the plumbline.

---Michelle on 10/7/07

alexia - you accusie people who disagree with your doctrine as anti-catholic or catholic bashers.I point this out for you to see this would be considered Protestant bashing.
But what you said is fair and should be pointed out.Why do the protestant churches not do like the RCC and get together for the good of the kingdom. That is another blog.
But your criticism is well noted. Please remember this when you read the "anti" RC blogs - some of it is with great love for the Catholic peoples
---caleb on 10/7/07

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yes Tom, you are right. The only thing worse is to have 30,000 separate protestant sects and nearly 300 added per year, all claiming the by sola scriptura that they hold the truth. Thats some endorsement! Sola scriptura is so funny...You can't agree on anything but to hate Catholics.
---alexia on 10/7/07

I have been to many different denominations, and some without question are much better than others, for some mirror the New Testament church much better than others do.
---Eloy on 10/7/07

Tom ::Your paucity of Faith is described in your post & shows what I said in mine for you to be a dessenter.Man was made to the image of GOD.Blame the correct source The evil one from the time of Genesis,those that side with him are called dissenters
---Emcee on 10/6/07

There are so many denominations because at the end of the day no one at all has a handle on what the truth really is, myself included!
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/4/07

we walk by faith not by sight. Sometimes we can get too attached to a church and God wants us dependent on Him
---caleb on 10/6/07

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The easiest way to destroy the Christian church is to put a man in charge and give him absolute authority to change doctrine. Have an ever evolving doctrine and then get them to compromise their faith with a slow introduction of worshiping idols and finally out right worshiping the dead.
sound familiar
---Tom on 10/5/07

Without a doubt, the word of God is TRUTH then Matthew16:17-19defines His churchThis is bolstered by2Tim3:1-9+16.The last days are definitely redefined.Many have agreed that the easiest way to destroy His church Is by dissension.My question is why do we continue the practice on these Blog Postings."Those who are NOT for me are against me"Mat.7:25-27, Matt12:25-28+30:Matt.17:11-12,Matt26:62-64.Please do not put God to the test.
---Emcee on 10/5/07

You hit the nail on the head there is only one church and thats the one in the book of acts Jesus told his dicples math 28-19 to teach the people how to be saved he gave Peter the keys to the kingdon which is the plan of salvation but people didn't like way it was done and they broke off and started there own church and then these people didn't like the way this church was going so they broke off from that church and so on But Jesus died for one church his church
---betty on 10/4/07

contiune Jesus bought his bride {church] with his on blood it's his way or no way it does not make a hill of beans what church we belong to it's the expereince that we have received when we repented of our sin's and obeyed the bible way not what some church teaches we need to get in the word and follow it His church starts on the day of pentecost He said he is coming after a church that is called by his name and that's jesus we take on his name when we are baptised in that name
---Betty on 10/5/07

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There are so many denominations because at the end of the day no one at all has a handle on what the truth really is, myself included!
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/4/07

The easiest way to break up a family is to sow dissension, doubt and mistrust. No better way for Satan to break up God's church than with the very Word God built His Church on. Some of the longest blogs on this site are over trinity, Mary, and predestination. None are what Jesus said we need to be with Him. None are taught by the apostles as salvation. Just think if we (Christians) spent more time sharing the "good" stuff & less tearing away the fluff.
---mikefl on 10/4/07


It is because man is sinful and churches are full of people!
---willow on 10/4/07

Andrea:: You paint with a broad brush or with a roller
---Emcee on 10/4/07

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Where did you hear that the RC has started selling indulgences again?

It has been a violation of canon law since 1567 to do so.

After reading up on indulgences, it appears that they do NOT forgive sin - they merely remove part or all of the temporal punishment associated with a sin WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN FORGIVEN. (In Catholic theology one must do penance for sins even if they are forgiven, either on earth, or in Purgatory. Indulgences merely reduce the amount you have to do).
---StrongAxe on 10/4/07

People are crying out for the One World Church to come on the scene. You see it every day. They want Peace and Faith, Unity and Love. But the kind of unity and love they're asking for will set them up for a fall. God doesn't tell us to join ourselves together with all religions. He says come out from among them and be separate. Separate yourselves. Why? You'll fall for that lie of One World Church unity and end up shipwrecked.

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
---Michelle on 10/3/07

Strong axe - we could tar and feather most churches all at one time - yes - believe me - its not just the RCC
I'm not familiar with the OC
but as for selling indulgences - I do believe the RC started to sell them again.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I heard they were.
---Andrea on 10/3/07


The Roman Catholic Church hasn't sold indulgences for centuries, and as far as I know, the Orthodox church has never done so (and Puritans don't burn witches at the stake anymore either).

Or are you just lumping them all into the same pot to be tarred and feathered together?
---StrongAxe on 10/3/07

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This is an interesting question: Inherent in all men is the desire to control other mem. This is the main reason for so many different denominations. And a spirit of prophesying is what causes a little church to on every corner. I think the Lord for giving me the knowledge that other people are not interested in my knowledge but rather are interested in how they can be saved. I believe God showing me this has greatly increased the souls that have been reached.
---Mima on 10/3/07

Jack - whats the difference?
Do they pray to Mary and sell indulgences.
---Andrea on 10/2/07

Because people couldn't abide the sound doctrine of the original Church, which is the Orthodox church.
---Jack on 10/2/07

There are a number of reasons for this, both political and economic. For instance the Catholic church held sway for hundreds of years and still does. An economic giant in its own right with its vast holdings of art, money, and real estate, it used the inquisition to further purge and clean Europe of dissenters, making the Church weathier in the process. It Popes influence Kings. Its parishner's votes influence governments. Rebellion against the Church's control began the fragmentation of Christainity.
---matthew on 10/1/07

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Another reason is that people do want to have in their way. But before we all jump on the righteous indignation glory wagon becaused WE know the road to salvation, consider this. Hitler called himself a Christain. Slaveowners were Christains. Mob lynching of blacks were done by KKK members who went to church, albeit one without a black choir filling their hearts with spritual joy. All quote the Bible, chapter and verse, to prove the righteous of their actions. Evolving religious diversity is a good thing.
---matthew on 10/1/07

There are beliefs and ways that are wrong, and it took a degraded person to start them and then possess people to start a new denomination with their inferior stuff. But real Christians can be in these groups and tell me they are wise to the nonsense, even saying they know their pastors are wrong, fanatics, etc., but they stay to reach people, and they freely mix with other Christians elsewhere. The obedient are not divided. How things are made to look "can" be a trick, are you wise to it (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/1/07

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