Satan’s Tool


Introduction

We will look, at the meaning of Denominationalism in its result, of the division that is anti-Biblical. We see how it affects the prayer that Jesus made to the Father for the unity of the Church. We will also look at how Denominationalism produces an unbelief in society. We will evaluate how Denominationalism portrays Jesus in an inconsistent state. We will assess how Denominationalism makes Jesus sound like a hypocrite and the author of confusion. We will also see how this denominational concept encourages that the freedom to differ on biblical points of doctrine is a healthy and spiritual. Finally, we evaluate how Denominationalism makes Jesus look as if He has no power.

Each scheme is antagonistic to biblical truth. Therefore, Denominationalism just stated, is Satan’s Master Tool for the destruction of the Church. Denominationalism is an ideology propagated by man.

What is the meaning of Denominationalism?

According to the Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary, it is a devotion to a group with individual interests or principles.

According to Wikipedia, Denominationalism is the belief that some or all Christian groups are legitimate churches of the same religion, regardless of their different titles, beliefs, and practices. Every Christian church does not accept this idea as valid.

The Catholic and Orthodox Churches do not use this term as its implication of interchangeability and do not agree with their theological teachings. Denominationalism is a mainly Protestant concept among Christians.

In 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, as it says,

10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 Since I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Paul explicitly states this division is counterproductive. Paul is attempting to promote unity by declaring there is only one Christian body in Christ. Denominationalism has brought the universal church to a life-threatening point.

It Mocks Prayer for Unity

It is the cross of Jesus Christ that brings unity, but many have failed to see this unifying principle of this symbol.

Denominationalism has destroyed everything that speaks about unity in Scripture; denominationalism is a curse on the church. The church needs a renewal of unity; unity can only come from Scripture and believing that the prayer that Jesus offered up to the Father for unity and oneness is possible.

In John 17:13-21, it says,

13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is the truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes, I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. 20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Here is Jesus Christ praying to the Father that all those that believe in Him will have unity, as, He and the Father have. However, something happened; Denominationalism found its way into the fellowship of the believers. Denominationalism is a mockery of Jesus’ prayer offered up to the Father on our behalf.

In 1 Corinthians 1:10, it says,

10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you all agree. That there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and the same judgment.

There are sound biblical principles that denominationalism is a sin because it does not have unity as its core. It has diversity at its core, causing believers to differ in their theology to where it would stimulate them to separate.

If there is no unity, there is diversity, and this diversity lacks harmony between brothers and sisters in the Lord. Variety will cause strife among God’s people; this will have a strong opinion on Scripture interpretation.

With the mockery of Denominationalism, this unity has not been achieved. With over thirty-five thousand denominations in the world, covering every country one could say Biblical truth is in jeopardy.

It Produces Unbelief

Denominationalism poses the threat of unbelief when an unbeliever sees the church with so many systems of so-called truth; they may question what the Bible says.

In John 17:21, it says,

21 That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

It is only through unity that will demonstrate to the unbelieving world that Jesus Christ came from the Father in Heaven.

In this lack of agreement, countless of saved and unsaved people are running away from the Gospel message. Why is there no real harmony in the body of Christ? One of the biggest problems that seem to be in the Church is lacking the ability to search the Scriptures for themselves. The Church today is not like, the Nobel Berean’s who searched the Scriptures daily to see what is being said is true. The Church must wake-up before it is too late.

When there is a problem in the Church, does one go to Scripture first or their articles-of-faith or the Church’s bylaws for answers? The Church needs no articles-of-faith, what it needs is the Holy Scriptures, plus nothing else. The Scripture is our guide to real and everlasting unity.

A Creed or a statement of faith is only a tool the devil uses to convince people that what they are doing is right instead of following what the Scriptures teach. These men made writings places too much faith in man.

In Psalm 133:1, it says,

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

In Ephesians 4:3, 13, it says,

3 Be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 13 Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature that belongs to the fullness of Christ.

In Colossians 3:14, it says,

14 In all this, love each other this is the perfect bond of unity.

Only in unity will unbelief, cease to exist, and real love restored to the body of Christ.

It Contradicts the Words of Jesus

Denominationalism teaches many points of view bringing an array of contradictions that hurt the body of Christ.

  1. Some see the Virgin Birth of Jesus as a myth.
  2. Miracles just do not exist.
  3. The Creation story is not true and only there to entertain the children.
  4. The parting of the Red Sea never happened.
  5. The feeding of the five thousand was a lie.
  6. The baby who dies will not go to heaven.
  7. This list could go on, and on.

All these and more have been relegated just to entertain and have no reality attached to them. If there were unity, these views, and many others would not be present, but sound teaching would be.

It Makes Christ Look Like a Hypocrite

Denominationalism teaches many points of view bringing an array of contradictions that hurt the body of Christ.

In Luke 6:46, it says,

46 Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

To follow Jesus means to do everything He says even if we do not like it because He knows what is best for us. God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ sees the big picture. We see only a foggy image.

In 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, it says,

12 For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 However, now faith, hope, love, abide these three, but the greatest of these is love.

Because we do not see all and there is no unity the unbeliever sees Jesus as hypocritical in His teaching.

It Makes Christ the Author of Confusion

Denominationalism breeds confusion and disunity, but the Word of God does not teach this.

In 1 Corinthians 14:33, it says,

33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

In 1 Corinthians 14:40, it says,

40 However, all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

Confusion is of Satan, and he brought it into this world of believers through Denominationalism.

It Makes Jesus Look Incompetent

The problem of incompetence is a man in his love of Denominationalism. The Word of God tells us no Denominationalism, but the ego of man and his quest for power approves of such things.

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, it says,

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 Moreover, there are varieties of ministries; and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 However, to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common interest.

In Jude 1:3, it says,

3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation. I felt the necessity to, write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all handed down to the saints.

If we had unity, this concept of Jesus’ incompetence would never come to fruition. Because Christians would understand there is only, one spirit, one Lord, and one God for us all.

Conclusion

Denominationalism is a tool used by Satan to throw confusion and inconsistency on the Church. It causes believers to fight with each other and often with bitter hatred over minor issues.

Unity in Christ will bring unity in the Church Fellowship and glory to God. As the time draws near for the return of Jesus Christ to earth, we will see more disunity in the fellowships, but we must be aware and active as this war has been fought and won already.

ABOVE ALL IS UNITY

Sola Scriptura– By Scripture Alone

Sola Fide– By Faith Alone

Sola Gratia– By Grace Alone

Solus Christus– By Christ Alone

Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God Alone

Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2017

All quotes are from the:

New American Standard Bible, ©1995, Or King James 1611

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About Dr. George Gallant

I have had the opportunity to work in many fields in my life, and excelled in all of them. I started as a mechanic in the Army then went to the Infantry in Vietnam. After returning to America, I worked as a mechanic for a few more years off and on until I found a position as a Dialysis Technician until I became a Chief specialist in a major Boston hospital. In 1981, I became a Police Office in a small town in Northeast Georgia and continued to work with law-enforcement for seven years. I also preached the Word of God in the Toccoa community and wished that I could have found a church that would have taken me on to preach every week. In 1993, I became a computer programmer for many years and loved that job much. In 2003, my wife came down with the worst breast cancer one could get, so I retired and took care of her until her passing in 2006. Then in 2007, I moved to China and started teaching both verbal English and American History to high-school students; this by far was the best job I ever had. Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone Sola Fide– By Faith alone Sola Gratia– By Grace alone Solus Christus– By Christ alone Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
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