(Why the traditions of evangelical denominationalism is unbiblical.)
The following post lists more reasons why man made mainstream denominational evangelical religion is false and unbiblical per God's Holy Word. (Our website at dontperish.com gives many more biblical reasons to reject it.) Some may ask why do we speak and write about this so often? The truth is that at every turn we take for the Lord; we are confronted by people who are part of denominational/evangelical religion. Most often they refuse to take stock of what they are practicing (and they are practicing it in vain we might add) and they fight to keep doing false ways even though they cannot defend them in the Word. What is even more alarming is the fact that the modern pastors are usually the ones who reject the truth in the most harsh fashion. They hate us for reasoning these facts within their groups as they try to keep total control over the people. (This really shows they are hirelings/false teachers in the end.) This is a very dangerous place to be and since we love others we want better for them. You do realize there are some 30,000 different flavors of denominations and this is both silliness and serious sin before God. We came out of mans vain systems and so we know all too well how deceptive and seductive they are so we must speak out and stand against them for God's glory!
The following statements about evangelical denominationalism (with scripture to back them up) will help you to see the unbiblical nature and thus the danger of being involved in such things especially when you consider Jesus called His true people to spirit and truth worship, not lies or false traditions!
Please read these and meditate on the verses and ask yourself 'can you really be part of something that opposes Gods Word in so many ways'?
*Evangelical denominationalism is wrong because it is contrary to the Lord's prayer John 17:20-21 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
How can there be any unity with so many different names on religious buildings? Per His own words Christ cannot smile upon evangelical denominational names!
*Evangelical denominationalism is wrong as it is a vain attempt to serve God (Matthew 15:9) And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men
Again; Jesus own Words call out man and his futile attempts to worship God his own way which is vain.
*Evangelical denominationalism is wrong because Christ is not divided (1 Cor. 1:11-13) Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided?
The Apostle Paul warned against division of any kind so how can man today, defend his use of massive division via denominationalism?
*Evangelical denominationalism is wrong because the body of Christ is one, not many (Ephesians 4:4) There is one body and one Spirit
When we go to talk with denominational people they usually tell us "you are not of our body". How can this be when Paul said there is ONE body? They are is great error and they refuse to repent of it.
*Evangelical denominationalism is not in line with the apostles' doctrine (Romans 16:17-18) Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them
Here the Apostle Paul tells us that if someone is outside of sound doctrine we are to avoid and not associate with them. Yet various denominations will partake with each other all the time in various events. How can they be following Holy scripture in this? They cannot and it is more evidence of disobedience in the ways of man's false system which is to be avoided.
*Evangelical denominationalism defies purposes of Calvary's cross (Ephesians 2:15-16) For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity
This verse tells us that Christ tore down the wall between Jew and gentile to make "one body" but you have denominational systems today putting all the walls back up in total defiance of the Word!
*Evangelical denominationalism divides families when God wants homes united (Mark 3:25) And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand
Christ tells us that if homes are divided that is a danger and we see today all the division because of denominational names and ways created by men not God
*Evangelical denominationalism is destined to fail and see destruction (Mark 3:24) If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand
The Lord instructs us that nothing divided against itself can last and so denominationalism is destined to fail and die. (His return will make sure of that.)
*Evangelical denominationalism is not in line with Paul's plea for unity (1 Corinthians 1:10) Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you
The Apostle Paul who was called by Christ to proclaim truth, commands no divisions yet that is exactly what denominationalism grows; division.
*Evangelical denominationalism is a sin that God hates (Proverbs 6:19) A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
Here Proverbs is listing what it is that God hates and denominationalism is guilty of practicing lies and sowing division and discord among brethren by their many wanderings from God's Word.
*Evangelical denominationalism implies that God is the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
The Word tells us God is not the author of confusion so just who is it that has created all the confusion with over 30,000 different brand names in denominationalism? It must be man and his perversion of God's One True Church.
Lastly, denominationalism/evangelicalism was never exampled by the Apostles so we who desire to follow their example must reject man's ways as false.
We will leave you with this question to ponder:
If the tradition of evangelical denominationalism is correct and really of God why is it that when Jesus Christ returns He will undo and do away with it all and have His True people in ONE united body that He ordained Himself? (No man made names/traditions at all.)
We who are New Testament Church people (rejecting man's vain ways) are indeed ready for His return as we strive in His Ways daily for His glory. But what of man's ways, religious traditions/systems and all those people in the pews, we ask? If Christ did not ordain these ways, the Apostles didn't practice them and if the Returning Savior will reject them . Why are you doing them on a weekly basis?
Please don't be swept away in man's false traditions like evangelical denominationalism (see Colossians 2:8.) Repent and come out of them and walk in spirit and truth worship. (John 4:24)
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