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Different Denominations

If I understand the Bible correctly, there is ONE TRUE GOD, ONE TRUE SAVIOR, and ONE TRUE FAITH.

I look around the world, there are many different religions and many different faiths coming in the name of GOD and in the name of JESUS.

Where do they come from and what are they about?

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 ---Rob on 10/25/07
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Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
---francis on 7/7/10

There is one fold, but many flocks. His sheep hear His voice. God has his people scattered among many denominations, some are even not tied to a specific denomination. The various denominations arose from error introduced into the church anciently, and as errors (with respect to Bible truth) are found by groups of believers, new denominations arise. In heaven, all error will be dispelled, and we will all be the same denomination.
---jerry6593 on 7/6/10

Rob,You are right.
One true God, One true Saviour, One true Faith, One true Baptism, One true Gospel, On true way, Study the Bible RIGHTLY DIVIDED

You can trace religons back to the tower of Bable.
---michael_e on 7/5/10

There is only one true Church, the Spiritual Church of Christ, consisting of all born of the Spirit, who are baptized into one body by the Holy Spirit, where Christ is the Head of that body. Just as a physical body has many members, so does the Spiritual body of Christ.
The visible Church is not the body of Christ, it is made up of goats and sheep. Only the sheep are part of the body of Christ, because they have been born of the Spirit.
There is many visible Churches popping up everywhere by man, as someone said here, man have failed from the beginning, so you are going to see many different kinds of teachings in the visible Church. Many times goats making decisions for the sheep.
---Mark_V. on 7/5/10

Rob: While there are many denominations/faiths, as long as they accept all the basics of Christ (whatever those may be) this is not a problem.

I attend three churches (Presbyterial Evangelical, Anglican and Orthodox) largely to avoid getting too attached to opinions and take them to be God's doctrine

Denominational differeces are clearly visible in this web site, as well
---peter3594 on 7/4/10

7 hills, or mountains are not literal
Revelation 17:9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Revelation 17:10 And there are SEVEN KINGS: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space
---francis on 7/3/10

francis, did you know that while Rome actually sits on nine hills, Jerusalem sits on SEVEN hills.

There's also only one nation personified in the Bible has a harlot, and it's no Gentile power.
---Cluny on 7/3/10

only TWO churches:

The TRUE church
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a WOMAN clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

THE FALSE church

Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
---francis on 7/3/10

The First Church, The early Church, The One God Jesus name Church of The Living God was born on the day of Pentecost to the Jewish people First according to Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20 in the which I am part of. This early Church is the same that the devil with roman emperor & even nero with the great crusades to kill them off so they could have their own following which is the Man - made trin - rcc that came from here 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15. This One God Jesus name Church of The Living God, we are the ones that's hated by mankind, by the trin - rcc with her daughters churches, back then & even now today.
---Lawrence on 7/2/10

A "denomination" is a group of people who hold a specific set of doctrines to be truth. That raises the question, "How can there be so many denominations with so many different doctrines, when they all claim to follow the same Bible?"

One religious website estimates that today there are around 34,000 Christian groups in the world and over 1,200 Christian denominations just in North America.
---Sheila on 12/15/07

A "denomination" is a group of people who hold a specific set of doctrines to be truth. That raises the question, "How can there be so many denominations with so many different doctrines, when they all claim to follow the same Bible?"

One religious website estimates that today there are around 34,000 Christian groups in the world and over 1,200 Christian denominations just in North America
---Sheila on 12/14/07

Mima:: The wisdom of this statement "Wouldn't it be a SHAME if every one going to a birthday Party bring the same gift" What if the Gift was JESUS would it be a shame?which spirit is guiding You.
---Emcee on 11/13/07

After years of authoritarian rule and misrepresentations by the "church" God revealed portions of the scripture long ignored to men/women who were open to the Spirit. As the message spread people followed. Unfortunately many stayed there accepting no new light. That's why there are so many denominations. We have the obligation to follow Christ and His Truth no matter where it leads.
---dan on 11/13/07

ashley - the mormons have divided into 300 groups or more.
God knows every hair on my head He does nto need me to go to your temple to know that I am His.
---Andrea on 11/13/07


For what it's worth:
1cor 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you, and I partly believe it.

Divisions started a little earlier than the 5th century.

The problem is that man is imperfect.

I do not know 2 people on this earth that agree 100% when it comes to scripture.

Lord bless you,
---trey on 11/13/07

Jesus says in Matthew 24:5 that "many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ' and will deceive many". That is what is happening today, many coming in Jesus' name but they are not of Him. We need to check the fruit before getting involved with people who call themselves Christian because not all are Christian who say they are.
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/07

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all I know is it was Jesus that saved me not Buddah
---Andrea on 11/12/07

The wisdom in this statement witnessed to my spirit BIG TIME. "
Wouldn't it be a shame if everyone going to the same birthday party brought the same gift ? "
---Dan1724 on 10/29/07
---Mima on 11/9/07

Yes there must be things in common to all Christians, but differences may be OK too.

In His day, He asked one person to give all his money to the poor and follow Him. To a centurion He commented about His astonishment for the centurion's great faith. To another who washed his feet with her tears and hair, He said her sins were forgiven.

Wouldn't it be a shame if everyone going to the same birthday party brought the same gift ?
---Dan1724 on 10/29/07

Divisions amongst the people occurred in the fifteenth century as a direct result of Calvin and the reformers. The catholic church had the bible. It was in latin. People didn't have the bible to guide them. they relied on men taking it upon themselves to teach them. That is like tuning up a car. Everyone will have their own knowledge and do things their way. Even though it is wrong and the car may continue to run, people will accept what they say as truth even though it came from their own minds.
---ashley on 10/29/07

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Eloy::I do not know from what book you read But My NRSV and Douay Rheims Bibles both state By the words of Jesus in Matt16:17-19 "MY church "Read it for yourself & do not deny cause you do not want to be counted as THOSE who denied .The result is evident.I bear you no ill will.
---Emcee on 10/29/07

The differences come from two things. First, the bible is not always perfectly clear about everything and secondly, that men are not perfect thinkers. God would like us all to believe in him and belong to or believe in just one faith, but till either men change or the bible gets a whole lot clearer (and probably it would require both), we will have divisions among us. Let's be humble and hopeful as we try our best.
---missy on 10/28/07

.emcee, there is no "MY" church in the verses that you posted. You are not of Christ therefore you do not comprehend the scriptures correctly, instead you derive all manner of wrong conclusions.
---Eloy on 10/27/07

Eloy::The same Gospel of Matthew 16,17-19 tells us that "MY Church"will stand the test of time and "the gates of Hell shall NOT prevail against it".
---Emcee on 10/26/07

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The gospel tells us plainly about where these come from and what they are about. Please Read- Matthew 7:15-23+ 24:24+ John 8:44+ 10:7-11.
---Eloy on 10/26/07

There are not that many religions/faith to look at.
First I would choose J. Christ. He is the only one who can offer you and me salvation.
Although other "gods" can have a positive influence on me, none but Jesus can save me from my condition of sinfulness. P.
---Pierre on 10/25/07

Blessings to you Rob, I believe that many of the different religions and faiths come from man made doctrines. Sometimes man made doctrines mingled with the truth of God's word. I could name a few, but I will not get into that. There is only one true God, one true Savior, and one true faith as you stated. All of us have to be careful what we listen to, or who we listen to. As Jesus told us, My sheep know my voice. Amen and God Bless!
---Cynthia on 10/25/07


You are correct! There is only One true God, One true Jesus, and one true faith. There is also only one true church.

The problem that you have described is nothing new. The Apostle Paul wrote about it in the book of Corinthians.
1cor 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you, and I partly believe it.
DIVISIONS result in splits!
---trey on 10/25/07

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Rob, (continued):

1cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
HERESIES result in splits.

Why do we have this in the church. Because men and women make up the church and they are sinful and imperfect.

Here is some good news though:
Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Lord bless you all.
---trey on 10/25/07

Mima::You agreed but did not Give a Reason"Prophesy::"Her heel shall crush your Head"At the name of Jesus every knee shall bend".
---Emcee on 10/25/07

Disasters have already begun. Terrible fires, hurricanes, and there will be earthquakes in places that meteorolgists said could never happen. Storms, floods and drought.
If our response is continued apathy, those that say, "God is love. He wouldn't do that, enter the church of love.."
God is holy and for that reason He will purge the land of sin.
God withholds His Judgment because of His love for His Church and His hand is overextended in mercy for the unrepentant.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

The Lord will have abundant mercy towards the meek in terrible times. The Lord's Church is not a building/ denominations.

His presence and provision will be the Christian's shelter. Jesus will neither leave nor forsake His own. He will have everyone exactly where He wants them for safety's sake during the coming storms.

Denominations will not prevent God's children from entering in.
Disobedience and a lack of trust will.
If God kept Noah and his family, He can keep you if you.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

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Christianity will not die. The Bible is the authoritative guide for faith and order in the Church and in the life of an individual.
People will fall for the lie, but the Church will not die. Believers that are willing to let their faith be tried and tested as gold, a serious commitment to the Word and a close relationship with Jesus Christ will survive.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

God will gather from the far ends of the earth those that will be in His Church. It won't be the oneness church that man will force together.
Though God loves man, He hates sin and will cast out from the inheritance those that choose to serve it.
For the Lord's Church, fear not, that which is born of faith will stand.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

better to be in a small church that trusts Christ then to be part of the greater apostacy.
Especially when churches ban the Holy Spirit, ordain gay priests, worship other gods, teach false religion, don't acknowledge the deity of Christ etc etc..
---Andrea on 10/25/07

You are correct. I believe there are over 30,000 "Christian denominations" now. Christianity made the mistake of having a divided house which Scripture says can't stand. Instead of uniting together for Christ, they are too busy criticizing the other protestant denominations. Christianity at this rate will bring about her own ruin
---Perniece on 10/25/07

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I agree with this statement.
"I think the one world church will worship Mary. It is the one thing Hindu/bhuddist/islam and even some Protestant churches are not offended by."
I have seen pictures of the pope kissing the Koran, I have seen him lavishly praising the Dalai-Lama. And he is certainly doing these things for a reason.

---mima on 10/25/07

I think the one world church will worship Mary. It is the one thing Hindu/bhuddist/islam and even some Protestant churches are not offended by.

The vatican is up for member nation status and everything is in place. Beleive me in other countries this is very accepted.
We are so used to seeing people pray to Mary now it will only be a slight shift to have the world doing it for the sake of perpetual peace
---Andrea on 10/25/07

In the OT/NT, God makes Himself known to whomever, whenever He wants.
He hasn't changed just for today.
Only the Holy Spirit can lead you into all truth.
Jesus Christ did not leave us without a hope.
The Holy Spirit gives us direction, and He will shield all who follows God's counsel.

God is more than able to see you, hidden in your prayer closet. He is the Great Shepherd and He will not lose one believer.
Don't be led astray by man's efforts to place you where you don't belong.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

Only the Holy Spirit can unite, gather those that belong to God.

A wise king winnows out the wicked from the good and brings the threshing wheel over them to separate the chaff from the grain.
Proverbs 20
Zech 11:10-14
Rev 14:8
Rev 17:4,5

That's not a picture of a Universal One World Church of Oneness.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

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Humanism is flowing like mighty rivers through the Church.
All idolatry of self, greed, pride, and every religion that has an idol - mysticism or cult bowing to it - man is exposing his spiritual humanism. They are calling it wisdom.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

All efforts of man to put together a church that includes all will be totally of man.
Man's illustrious mind is now so expanded that he thinks he can decide truth over the Holy Spirit. Minds are becoming idols of the heart.
Preposterous theologians worship what is in the skull rather than its Creator, and they're calling it god.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

Human religion is Powerless, this is any form of worhsip man choses for himself apart from the true worship of God Romans 1:21-25

some forms have a great show of refinement, and humility, even asceticism, but they are powerless to deal with sin and the old man they only feed self righteousness and pride and do not change the heart.
---Whisper on 10/25/07

There are approximately 6000 denominations in the U.S.
I would prefer denominations any day over the One World Universal Church that many are also desperate to become a part of. It is the ultimate Oneness Church. False doctrines of Oneness will abound in the One World Church, and people do not realise that when they enter in for the 'love', that 'love' will be the death of all their freedoms.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

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One World Universal Church will welcome all.
A Social Gospel.
Socially friendly to 'new ager', pagan, cults, all inclusive, an irresistable Social Gospel, all will be headed for heaven, but Christians will be-headed for refusing to join..

The Bible is a Gospel of absolutes.
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Light and darkness.
Truth or false.
Good or evil.
God or the devil.

You cannot serve two masters, you will hate the one or love the other.
---Michelle on 10/25/07

They are about men wanting power and contending for position and control.

The arm of flesh will surely fail.

The Bible says, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through me.
---Whisper on 10/25/07

There is only one God that died and rose again.
There is only one God that shed His blood for the forgiveness of your sins and those that receive Him are in His Church.

He is not a denomination. His church is His body and we beleivers do not have to agree with each other - we have to agree with Him. This is what believers have in common. Jesus Christ.

all distractions from our relationship with him
---Andrea on 10/25/07

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