Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Church Denominations- Are They Really Necessary?

During my years as a born again believer, I've been exposed to many different denominations. Some just as a one time visitor, others were visits several visits, when in the area and others I stayed longer.

When I first got saved I attended my mothers church. It was a African-American
Pentecostal/Holiness  congregation and oh was the worship lively! The pastor was Bishop Robert W. McMurray and you knew you had been to "chuch" after one of his sermons and wow could he sing.
I eventually left that church because I wasn't sure what I believed being a new Christian. I was getting confused by the "dancing" that some of the members were doing when they were "hit by the spirit". They believed you have to speak in  tongues to be saved considered saved. I can remember staying after church Sunday after Sunday  waiting to be "filled with the Spirit with evidence of  speaking in tongues".  Well nothing ever happened and I was getting rather bored with the church so I left.

So the next several years I found myself at differing denominations not really paying that close attention to what each one believed because I was never taught to check my Bible against what the churches believed. There was the Foursquare Church I attended before moving out of the L.A. area.
Then there was the Baptist church, a Calvary Chapel type church and back to Foursquare church after I married my husband.
When we moved to Santa Barbara started attending a Vineyard church and witnessed that whole "Toronto Blessing" thing and people claiming to have miraculously received gold fillings which to this day, I don't know what to make of it. Actually I was suspicious about it but I kept it to myself.

It was around 2005 I started to get curious about the women's headcovering. I had been following a CaringBridge page by a woman and her daughters who wore headcoverings. I remembered there was a woman and her daughters who attended the Above Rubies family camp who wore veils. I thought it was a cultural thing because she was from the Phillipines. I had no idea it was Biblical.  After much study, I became convicted and started to cover. I will share more about that in a future post.

We eventually left Vineyard and went to a Baptist Church where we stayed for a few years before leaving to go to a former Baptist church that became a Community Church.
During our time at these various churches we had the opportunity to make the long drive to visit our friends at a Mennonite church.( More about that in a minute)
So here we are in AZ at a Baptist church.

 So I find myself wondering why are there so many denominations? Did Christians get mad at each other and said "You're not my friend and I'm not playing with you anymore"?
I feel like somewhere along the line the Christian church has become focused on "denominationism" (is that even a word?) and claiming theirs is the better one instead of focusing on Jesus and His teachings.  Listen up, the New Testament teachings still apply today and it doesn't matter if you are part of a Baptist church, Lutheran, Catholic or Mennonite.

And speaking of Mennonite, I love visiting the Mennonite church. I really feel comfortable amongst the ladies with their headcoverings, the singing of hymns without any instruments and the clear Biblical teachings.
Also love our Baptist church. I love all the people there, our pastor is a wonderful speaker and a sweetheart of a pastor.

So honestly, I don't know if denominations are necessary because when we get to heaven, we going to all be together.  That Methodist church down the street you use at frown at on your way to your nondenominational church will be there in heaven too.


I would say though regardless of what you label yourself, make sure you always check your Bible to make sure what is being taught is Biblical.

Oh and I apologize for the many posts. I'm in a talkative mood right now, probably from too much tea and cookies. And cookies. And more cookies. Did I say I ate too many cookies?











7 comments:

  1. There are so many denominations, I cant keep them all straight now

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  2. I love reading your posts. I have wondered about the different churches myself. I do cover and believe in wives at home, etc. I haven't found any that I fit in.
    Linda

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  3. Hello Regina, I agree with you that in Heaven it won’t matter what denomination you are or aren’t a member of. What will matter, is if you lived your life the way Jesus told us to live our lives. I also wear a veil and feel as though I do not fit in. Only myself and one other lady in our church cover our heads. Everyone else thinks we are old-fashioned and doing something that is totally unnecessary. Obviously I disagree. How lovely to have found you, my sweet sister, here online. I wish we could actually meet face-to-face and eat some of those cookies together!
    Blessings always, Betsy

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  4. I've only ever been regularly to Baptist churches (southern Baptist, as we live in SE Ga), but have visited with friends a Mennonite church, Church of God, and Episcopalian. Baptist is home to me, but in no way do I think we get everything 'right' and others are 'wrong'. A quote from Black Beauty (of all things) comes to mind: Do your best, and leave the rest; Twill all come right, some day or night. Our Father will straighten us all out eventually, and all our voices will be joyful, together!

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  5. Hi Rachel, I just signed up to follow your blog and thank you for following mine. Are you sure you don't want to be in my drawing? You are more than welcome to enter.

    This one really gets to me because I've sometimes wondered, what are really the differences? Some are more vocal or expressive than others but much of the thought is the same and if we live good, caring, compassionate lives, isn't that what it's all about, living in the spirit of faith?

    I've been doing my family history and discovered that I come from a long line of Mennonites, which I never knew before and of course that led to researching the history and beliefs. I still haven't been to the Mennonite church but I think I, too, would be very comfortable there.

    Wishing you a beautiful and joyful Christmas. (I love the photos of the tea and so much more here.)

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  6. REGINA: ES CIERTO QUE HAY MUCHAS DENOMINACIONES, MUCHOS TITULOS, HAY IGLESIAS QUE HACEN ENFASIS EN ALGO Y EN OTRA NO LO HACEN, ALGUNAS BUSCAN HABLAR EN LENGUAS, OTRAS SER LLENAS DEL ESPIRITU, OTRAS HABLAN MENTIRAS, DISTORSIONANDO LA VERDAD BIBLICA. HAY QUE ORAR Y QUE DIOS A TRAVES DE SU SANTO ESPIRITU, LE DE REVELACION PARA DISCERNIR LO REAL DE LO FALSO. UNA COSA ES CIERTA, DEBEMOS SER LLENOS DEL ESPIRITU SANTO Y NO ES MALO HABLAR EN LENGUAS, PORQUE LOS APOSTOLES TAMBIEN LO HICIERON. PARA MI LO IMPORTANTE Y LO REAL, ES SER DE CRISTO, SEGUIR SU CAMINO, DICE: QUE EL ES EL UNICO CAMINO, LA VERDAD Y LA VIDA, NADIE VIENE AL PADRE SI NO ES POR MI. EN ESE TENEMOS QUE CREER, EL QUE DIO SU VIDA POR MI Y POR USTED, PARA PERDONARNOS LOS PECADOS Y DARNOS VIDA ETERNA, JUNTAMENTE CON EL EN LA MORADA CELESTIAL. BENDICIONES.

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  7. Regina, I agree with you about the gazillions of denominations. I also feel the same way about political parties. Why do we need any of them? We all pray to the same God. That's all that matters, right? The Bible was written for ALL of us to read and learn from. That's what's important!
    May you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

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