Sunday, February 16, 2014

Are You Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Etc.?

People frequently ask us what denomination we belong to.  My preference is to say we are Bible believing Christians, period.  I don't really care for the label of denomination.  It seems it divides instead of unites the body of Christ.

Paul states in I Corinthians 1:10, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

Ken and I have attended a Calvary Chapel the past five years.  Our pastor calls our church "the church without walls."  He has pastors from the nearby churches come and speak, then he encourages us to visit their churches.  He calls our church the "locker room" for it is a place believers come to learn Truth and then go out into the playing field and give others the Truth and be salt and light in our world.

He believes that in every church's mission statement, there should be a statement that says there will be peace among the brethren and we will actively pursue peace with all men.  Having different denominations among believers just seems to divide us whether you are Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, etc.  All those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God who paid the penalty for our sin, died, and rose again so that we can have eternal life are brothers and sisters in Christ.  God's Word is our guide book.  Yes, some will interpret some areas of theology differently but that doesn't mean it should divide us.  We are one body and one church.

So if you want to know what denomination Ken and I go to, it will always be a Bible believing church that doesn't try to avoid certain truths in fear offending some or manipulating His Word to fit into society.  We want to hear Truth as it is written and a church that actively seeks to live out it's high calling from God.