I’ve heard it said “denominations are man-made”, but I would like for us to consider the possibility this is in error and “denominations are satan-made”, and brought about for the purpose of destroying Christianity!
I need to state in the beginning, Christ said,
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:16 (KJV)
“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.” Rev 12:17 (KJV)
Now, notice, God never implied “folds” but “fold”. Also, He never said “remnants” but “remnant”. So, the ideology of denominations is satan based, through man, and not Christ-based. God does not have multiple “brides” but one “bride”. So, the question begs to be answered, how did denominations come about?
When I study the first “corporate” body of believers, I have to go back to Israel. I can’t consider his grandfather Abraham, for through Abraham it was ONLY Isaac. Abraham had many children, but the promise was ONLY through Isaac. I cannot consider Jacob AND Esau, for again, the promise was ONLY through Jacob. Jacob went on to have twelve sons, and they were known as the “Sons of Israel”. There were divisions but they were still “one” in Israel. Didn’t matter if you were a Benjamite or of Judah, for you were still an Israelite. And they remained Israelites until Christ stepped onto the scene and a progression took place and then they were called after His name: Christian.
Because of Rome’s power and influence, the Christians of Rome became too big for their britches which segregated themselves from, say, the Christians of Grecia, or the Christians of Samaria. In fact, because of their arrogance, they adopted another “C” word and became “Catholic” which means “all embracing” or “universal”, and Christianity for most went up under their umbrella because they had the most clout. Didn’t mean the others did not exist, for they did, but they were in the shadow of the greater, Rome. Pagan influences corrupted the Roman Church, the Catholic, and protests would ensue, bringing a challenge to the Roman Christian, and “Protestants” would emerge in the 15-16th centuries who would adopt not the name of Christ, since that was played out and recognized as Catholic-influenced, so they called themselves after the reformers, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Wesleyan, among many others Still later, others would take certain methodologies and build their whole religious belief and name from them such as: Baptists, Methodists, Adventists. Now, just as broad as Catholic means “Universal Christian”, Adventist mean all those who believe in the second coming, which again, includes the majority of Christian denominations/sects, however, they being distinguished by either being “Seventh Day Adventists” after 1846 or “Nominal” meaning they continued to keep Sunday worship, pretty much because of their lack of being able to separate from their Catholic origins!
Whew, what a report and the question begs to be answered, “Where was God in all this?” Just as God caused a separation at the Tower of Babel by the confounding and confusing of languages, God will call His People together by the understanding and speaking the same belief, and this is based upon one of the Commandments found within the Ten, the Sabbath day, the Seventh day of the week.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:9-12 (KJV)
Notice the singular, in verse 12, “…here are ‘they’”, They, plural in many but singular in purpose, and what is that purpose, “…keep the Commandments of God”. Commandments being plural, but singular in its purpose. But the entire message of that particular angel is speaking about “worship”. Only one Commandment of the ten speaks in regard, rather, counsel God’s people how to worship Him. The Fourth Commandment,
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Ex 20:8-11 (KJV)
So, I have to ask you the question: Are you a member of God’s singular and ONLY church which keep the Commandments of God, or, are you a member of a denomination which originated by satan’s creative ingenuity to keep you from truly following God?
You know the answer in your heart. Why not begin to do what is right and leave all that denomination stuff behind and become a true member of God’s “remnant” church, His Bride.
May 23, 2015