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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-
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-
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-
Such teachers are "grievous wolves" who speak "perverse things" (Acts 20:29-