The whole concept of so-called "denominational Christianity" is totally foreign to the teaching of the Scriptures.  The unity of the "one church" or "one body" of Christ  described in the New Testament (Eph. 4:1-6) cannot identify with or be compared to the denominational "division" in the denominational world.  The divided denominational world of today cannot possible represent or constitute New Testament "Christianity," for Christ and the apostles condemn the kind of  "division" in which the denominations glory.

Consider what Christ and the apostles teach about the divisions and doctrines that contradict New Testament teaching.  

  

         "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple" (Rom. 16:17-18).

Christ, the Holy Spirit and the apostles "condemn" the denominational idea that the New Testament "church" can be  "divided" into many different sectarian churches or denominational bodies.  The phrase "churches of Christ" in Romans 16:16 cannot possibly refer to denominationalism. It refers to "many" local "congregations" of the "one" true church of Christ. Denominationalism is not God's "plan" nor "purpose" for the New Testament "age."

  

Denominations do not please God, because they do not "believe," "obey,"  "follow" his New Testament "doctrine" or do his new covenant "will" (I John 3:22-24). Denominations are built upon the premise that Christ "true" New Testament  "doctrine" is subservient to the human religious "creeds" and "traditions" of man; that denominational "beliefs" are to be honored above the inspired revealed "faith" of the New Testament of Jesus Christ.


Denominationalism with all of its different creeds and sectarian doctrines "contradicts" and "denies" the "truth" of the New Testament. Denominational churches with their divisive doctrines are simply not the "body" or "truth" of Christ on earth today.  They do  not represent the New Testament "church" or teachings of Jesus Christ.  Consider Paul's statement on division.

 

         “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there by no divisions among you" (1 Cor. 1:10).

Christ and the apostles warned the church against doctrinal divisions.  They teach that  to "divide" the Lord's church was the  "work of the flesh" (factions, divisions, parties and heresies) (Gal. 5:19-21).  Such divisive teachers are to be  "marked" and turned away from (Rom. 16:16-18)! The Lord teaches that men who approve of false doctrine cannot be faithful New Testament "Christians" (II John 9-11).


Such teachers are "grievous wolves" who speak "perverse things" (Acts 20:29-30). They are "false apostles" (II Cor. 11:13-15); they "deceive" and carry men..."about with every wind of doctrine" (Eph. 4:14).  They are "those who pervert the gospel" (Gal. 1:6-9); they are "false prophets" who bring in "damnable heresies" (II Pet. 2:1- 3).  They teach "doctrines of devils" (I Tim. 4:1-5);




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