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You know, nothing makes the topic of denomination more irritating than missionaries and pastors defending it with human reason.

Yup, I have heard, on numerous occasions, missionaries and pastors defending denomination without Scripture.

Seriously?

“Well, the worship style is not to my liking.” “I mean, some people just like it a little more traditional.” “People should go where they’re comfortable.”

Can I offer you a choice of Free Market Jesus or Book of Common Prayer Jesus? Would you like a free Republican Jesus to go with that?

What can Jesus do to serve you today? Hmm?

You can argue all day, every day that people need a place where they feel comfortable enough to worship, but if you cannot worship in the same room as someone a little different, there is something seriously wrong.

I mean, honestly, are you really arguing on the basis that you can’t stand it when someone lifts their hands in worship? It makes your hair curl when someone gets on their knees in prayer? One person likes the guided prayer*, another likes free prayer and suddenly, they can’t worship together? They can’t pray together?

(*In all honesty, I must admit that I do not agree with the use of The Book of Common Prayer. I don’t say that flippantly, as I have spent a great deal of time in the Episcopal Church for the last few years. However, I cannot deny the effect it has had on kids and teenagers. The majority of Episcopal youth couldn’t find a book in the Bible without the index. This is literally tragic and disheartening.)

There’s also the issue Bible translations and meanings. Churches are divided on issues of baptism, liberal vs. conservative, etc. However, you might find it surprising that not everyone in your church believes as you do.

Seriously, if you can maintain the core of Scripture, i.e. The Gospel, then I assure you, there shouldn’t be much that divides you. There will always be differing opinions, even within churches of ‘like-minded people’. However, if you can all rally to the cause of Jesus Christ, I would assume that we could function in harmony as Ephesians 4:1-16 calls us to.

The only reason that people of differing opinions can’t exist in the same church is because people want to be right. It’s true; people can’t stand it when someone tells them they’re wrong. Especially if they grew up with their current beliefs.

I have been in communities of believers where are opinions differed on Scripture that was not central to The Gospel. However, we took the time to have a pleasant conversation, examine Scripture and pray over the issue. Even I, who had grown up with the beliefs of my parents, came to understand my friend’s view. Never once did our differing opinions keep us from evangelizing, worshiping and praying together.

And it shouldn’t.

I don’t believe anything that’s not in Scripture (I mean, I believe that there’s sugar in ice cream, and stuff, but you get what I mean), so let’s look at what Paul says about denomination.

1 Corinthians 3 is marvelous. Paul rips into the Corinthian church, calling them out on their petty followings. Some men claimed Apollos as their leader; others, Paul. Does this sound familiar? Wesley and the Methodists maybe?

We’re all just following denominations started by, you guessed it, men. We’re all arguing with each other and dividing the Body because one flawed human told us to read the Bible ‘this way‘. Oh, okay, thank you fleshy-man-in-need-of-salvation-like-the-next-guy. We’re like a pack of wolves, pulling apart the Bride with our teeth.

The right hand shouldn’t hate the left.

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