Do Denominations Invalidate Christianity?

I could wish that no definitions had ever been felt to be necessary; and, still more, that none had been allowed to make divisions between churches.

~ C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

From Caleb,

First, I want to clear something up. It has too long been an issue among Christians about which denomination you follow. Too many people think they go to “the best” denomination church, and sorry to be blunt, but I am sick and tired of it. Whether you attend a church that is Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Nazarene, Catholic, or any other, you’re not anymore of a Christian than the next guy that goes to a different denomination church.

What is important is what you think about who Jesus is and the things that he did. There is no one “right” or “better” denomination. We are THE CHURCH; we are all followers of Christ. Reality is, no matter which kind of church you attend, there are people who go every single Sunday that could be dying and going to hell.

There are people who go to Lutheran churches that aren’t actually saved.
There are people who go to Presbyterian churches that aren’t actually saved.
There are people who go to Nazarene churches that aren’t actually saved. There are people who go to Baptist churches that aren’t actually saved.
There are people who go to Catholic churches that aren’t actually saved.

Attending a specific denomination of church doesn’t save you, following Christ wholeheartedly and trusting in his sacrifice does. When these divides go up based on “denomination,” the Church as a whole is being weakened. From the outside looking in, this conflict within God’s people makes us look foolish to non-believers.

Parents and older believers, listen up! We must stop indirectly creating this mindset in the minds of young believers through how we speak about other churches. Making stereotypical jokes, speaking bad of another church, or simply vocalizing assumptions we have about a particular church based on their denomination further encourages this mindset among other believers. It must be stopped for the sake of uniting the church in the future.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, the answer is no: Christianity cannot be invalidated simply because there are many different denominations. The truth is The Church is all of the people that love Christ and believe that they have received salvation by grace through faith and because of that, repent and turn from their sins. Furthermore, the Early Church differences in many denominations are what I would like to call “Nonessential pieces of Doctrine”, these are things that even though they are slightly doctrinally different, they are not a deterrent to the truth of the Church. Ultimately they have no bearing when it comes to trusting in salvation from Jesus by grace and through faith.

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Designers for the King

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Genesis 1:27

 

There is creativity in virtually everything.

See, as humans, we have one purpose and one purpose only: to Glorify God with our lives, our talk, and our actions. In order to accomplish this purpose, God has supplied us with immense means for this glorifying end. One of those means is the activation and display of the universally engrained essence of creativity.

First of all, what is Creativity?

Now, we’ve all heard it said that creativity is a characteristic unique to a particular kind of individual. Namely, that of an artist, songwriter, thespian etc. but that doesn’t seem to be Biblically accurate. According to the Bible, God has instilled ALL of his image-bearers with a desire and a capacity to build new and original things.

 

We have large parts of ourselves that cry out to design, form, and coordinate. It’s something completely addicting and plan-fulfilling when you work at a project (whether that be a painting, a song, or even a blog post) that aims to glorify God in its truest intent. There is no reward like the feeling you get when you step back from a hard-worked piece of writing, or a well-thought-out speech, or an eye-pleasing sculpture, and you see God’s beautiful being.

You may be wondering, “Why are you saying that’s God’s beauty?! You’re the one who designed it…” Well, the reason I give Him the credit instead of us, the artists, who “put in the hours” to construct our pieces, is because, without Him, we wouldn’t be able to create anything! What I mean by this, of course, is not only that we wouldn’t be able to do anything if it weren’t for Him, but also that if it’s true that we are made in His image (or rather, that our emotions, feelings, and purposes are similar to His in many ways) then in some fashion, anything pretty and pleasing we can come up with is a reflection of His character!

 

Think about it: anything you have the ability to conceive or produce comes from your mind, your heart, your experiences, your interests and your beliefs. If you write a novel, it no doubt (in one way or another) reveals something about who you are. The same is true for God! Look at nature. The trees, the leaves, the rocks, the dirt, the sun, the moon, the snow, the lakes, the rivers, the flowers, the animals; the list continues. If it is true that God orchestrated these things into being, they must reveal who He is.

Could it be that God is graceful like a doe? Fearsome and mighty like a lion? Rocksteady and armored like a Rhinoceros? Gorgeous and stunning like a peacock? Or even emotional, moral, and intellectual like a human?

What better way to show us who He is than through all of His creation! We literally don’t even have to look around us to see it either. Observe your hand! Your face! Your hair! Your smile! God is like that. The God of the Universe is the ultimate artist, the Unique Creator, who has graciously given us a way of fulfilling our life’s mission for His glory, as well as for our deepest joy. May we all be motivated and moved by the exquisite reality around us so that we can’t help but forge newness in His Name!

Let us rejoice in these facts, constantly asking the question to our environment, “How does this show who God is?” and watch in awe as our mental image of God shifts into one of Beauty, Majesty, Power, and Trustworthiness.