Church Denominations Promote Division

Division

There is a huge problem of division within the “church” sphere. The doctrines of every single denomination and sect of “church” are false, and against the will of God. They are in disobedience because they have separated and denominated from the one true body.

When there is unity there is strength, but where there is division there is no power. Strength and power will not come unless the body of Jesus Christ is in the fullness of unity with Him.


For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:12


For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 1:5


Quite simply, any other body that departs from the one body of Jesus Christ is not of God. This means that the foundation that all their doctrine stands on is false. Each “church” that has been given their own name has been established by men. Every name of a denomination, non-denomination, Catholic, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Seventh - day Adventist, Pentecostal, Lutheran etc… “church” has been separated by name. Men are the one who make the decisions about their own doctrine instead of using Scripture as the standard.

The true Gospel has nothing to do with the opinions of mere men. The men in these “churches” do not have a clue about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God; therefore, they do not preach it.

The absolute truth concerning God’s will, righteousness, holiness and salvation is found and determined in God’s Word. This is where pure doctrine is found. Corrupt doctrine is formed when men who identify themselves as “leaders” appoint themselves as the power and authority of Scripture. They say, “Thus sayeth the Lord,” teaching us to fit into their perversion of doctrine and duping those into believing another “gospel.”


But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. – 1 John 2:27


Any believer who has the anointing of God upon them knows the difference between man-made wisdom versus abiding in His Word.


  • If there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, then why are men acting as mediators for the people?


God could not have appointed any of these men that many call “leaders” in the “church.”


Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. – Mark 13:6


Many fail to realize that this verse is not about some crazy cult fanatic who calls himself the Messiah, but they are the ones standing upon their stage every Sunday morning.


Agreement with the Holy Spirit

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? – 1 Corinthians 1:10-13


These verses expose that all “churches” of men promote are false doctrine.


  • Do the "churches" of men all agree?
  • Are all the "churches" of men united?
  • Are the "churches" of men of the same mind?
  • Are the "churches" of men of the same judgement?
  • Are the "churches" of men named of the Lord Jesus Christ?


Without the Holy Spirit, men will attempt to be the ones who will lead us to all truth.


“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth – John 16:13


If we are all led by the Holy Spirit, then we should all agree, being united and of the same mind in Jesus Christ.

The Foundation of Man

The problem is men have attempted to usurp the power and authority of Jesus Christ for themselves. They will tell you that God has called them and will use the Bible mixing it with their enticing words from their own man-made wisdom.


Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. – Roman 16:17-18


Prideful and arrogant “leaders” are the ones who cause division. They say, “It is my way, or the highway.” Most people who start reading the Bible for themselves will soon find out that their prodding questions will start ruffling the feathers of the self-promoting “pulpit peacocks.”


  • Who is to get all the glory?


These "leaders" do not want Jesus Christ to have it. Anyone who questions what they teach would impede on their glory among men.


  • Do you know the doctrine that you should be learning?


I will tell you right now that is does not come from men and their own agenda competing to be better and more important than everyone else.

Unless we separate ourselves from arrogant men, we will remain simple minded never knowing the truth, or the Gospel of the Kingdom. We must subject ourselves to Jesus Christ and His Word only.


Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus – Philippians 2:1-5


  • Does your church “leader” regard you more important than himself?
  • Are you esteeming others better than yourself?


If we were all in one accord and of one mind, there would be no room for “leadership.” God is no respecter of persons. There are no mere man who are to wear the big hat in the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the only king, and everyone else are servants in His Kingdom being subject to one another.

Every modern “church” has a hierarchical system where man is called Reverend, Apostle, Bishop, Doctor, etc… The system is founded upon their own names, and men boast about their legacies. The headquarters of their worldly systems are based on this earth and governed just like the world.

We should be helping to build each other up in God’s Kingdom, not trying to be rulers of it.


For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 3:11

It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-28


All “church” systems are founded on a man, not of God.


The Gospel of the Kingdom

  • Do you know what the Gospel of the Kingdom is?


Absolutely no “churches” of men preach this. They cannot; otherwise, they would be promoting Jesus Christ and His kingdom.

John the Baptist prepared the way for the representative of the Gospel of the Kingdom.


Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 3:2


Unfortunately, many today in the “church” system do not see the Kingdom of God. They are part of the kingdoms of men. They have not been born again, but have been still born in Satan’s kingdom.

The “church” systems of men are a visible kingdom, but the Kingdom of God is not visible. It is spiritual in nature.


Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - John 3:3


Jesus Christ was the representative of the Gospel of the Kingdom and began His ministry by saying,


“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:15


Many fail to understand who are going to enter into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:2-11) because they are in the bondage to man’s kingdom of “church” that is full of traditions and rituals. The true followers of Jesus Christ who are obedient to His ways are:


  • The poor in spirit
  • Those who mourn
  • The meek
  • Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
  • The merciful
  • The pure in heart
  • The peacemakers
  • Those who are persecuted for righteousness
  • Those who revile you and utter false accusations against you on the account of Jesus Christ


Jesus has already told us who will be recipients of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but He also gave some conditions.


For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:20


If you want to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, then remove the man-made “leaders” in the modern “church” out of your way. That is exactly what Jesus Christ did when He was on this earth. We do not need them because we have the Holy Spirit who will guide us into all truth.

If you follow man-made leaders you will not receive the Kingdom of God. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God. Any other way is unrighteousness and disobedience.


But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33


God does not know those who claim to know Him that are in man-made kingdoms called “church,” but to the ones He does know, He says,


“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. – Matthew 13:11


Man-made leaders only preach man-made wisdom, not the Gospel of the Kingdom. Even Paul understood the true Gospel.


And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. – 1 Corinthians 2:1-2


Salvation is only found in the Gospel of the Kingdom. The modern “church” will not know the secret and hidden wisdom of God just like the scribes and the Pharisees because they wanted to rule and keep people under their own subjection and authority.

The Kingdom of God is not in a building. It is something that you receive within you.


All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations. – Psalm 145:10-14


These verses in Psalms destroy the temporal denominations, sects, doctrine, “gospel,” fancy buildings of the kingdoms of men. God’s wrath is going to destroy all of it. Get out while you can from the bondage of those who do not preach the true Gospel. Repent and accept the true Jesus Christ. He is the true mediator. Receive the Holy Spirit to be your Teacher and allow Him to guide your path in the Kingdom of God.


The Ekklesia are founded on the teaching of Jesus Christ who are not divided. There is only one Ekklesia, one faith and one leader who is Jesus Christ. We are under His authority. Every member of the true body of Jesus Christ are in one accord with one mind being led by the Holy Spirit.

The modern “church” is not led by the Holy Spirit because all of their doctrine is inspired by men using Scripture to promote their own agenda.

We cannot negate the role of true leadership within the body of Jesus Christ, but it has nothing to with any formal title of honor and distinction. The modern “church” has duped the people into believing that their definitions of clergy, reverend, minister, priest, bishop, etc… are Biblical, but the fact is, they are inaccurate and misleading because they do not align with what Jesus Christ and the Apostles taught.

This article, Men With Titles in False Churches, makes the distinctions.

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graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PandN- Another detailed, true and outstanding Hub. I can only hope and pray that others will take this Hub to heart.

God bless.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

Great post! Please read my article on this very thing if you have a chance. "Church Cannibalism: The consequence of being out of God’s will" http://honorgodsword.com/


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Well, I see you're on a roll. Great questions for the modern church to answer. Keep at it!


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Thanks Graceinus, I hope so too.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

Thanks again for another link to a great article that exposes a lot of things. Keep contending for the truth. It is good to hear from a like-minded brother. God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Lifegate,

The question is, will the modern "church" answer them? Thanks for taking the time to read.


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nrsparks130 2 years ago from Wisconsin

Quick question, who interprets if there are no leaders? The early Church had the Apostles as appointed by Christ himself and biblical evidence suggests the apostles appointed deacons and elders to lead the people. When Paul sent an epistle, which you say is inspired and thus should only be interpreted by the Holy Spirit, he sent with that letter a courier to answer questions and explain the text if anyone had questions after it had been read aloud by the courier. The reality is, Christ himself appointed the Church as his body, that body may be fragmented, but to just say, "To hell with the qhole thing!" because it doesn't fit your own ecclesiology (ironically enough) I committing the same sins of which you have accused the leaders above.

The bride of Christ, the Church, is supposed to be the community from which believers find their identity in Christ through the interpetation of Scripture by the appropriation and guiding of the Spirit. It is not supposed to be a haphazard amalgam of "saved" individuals deciding who and what a church can or cannot be. When we start with us, and then define the Church outwards from there, we start from the wrong place to be sure. But to say that God will be unfaithful to his covenant to the Church, his bride, and raze her to the ground in his wrath because she is imperfect is to misunderstand the witness of Scripture about the faithfulness of God and his love, as revealed through the crucified and risen Christ.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Nrsparks130,

("Quick question, who interprets if there are no leaders?")

Scripture interprets Scripture.

The ekklesia are not the church. Church is a counterfeit word put in most English versions of the Bible. Church is an imperfect institution controlled by man, and the powers of hell have prevailed against her.

In contrast, the ekklesia are followers of Jesus Christ who are led by the Holy Spirit who have their identity in Him, not in buildings with man-made names upon them.

I tell you that you are Peter, and it is on this rock that I will build my congregation (ekklesia), and the powers of hell will not conquer it. - Matthew 16:18


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nrsparks130 2 years ago from Wisconsin

You kinda dodged my question there. I agree that Scripture can interpret Scripture, vis a vis the NT reinterpreting prophetic OT traditions, but the Bible as a text communicated via language requires actual, physical translation. It needs to be translated from Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic to a respective language and the various textual variants need to be sorted through to decide which is the most accurate text.

All of this must happen before you can even arrive at the conclusion, ekklesia does not mean Church but congregation. In other words, Scripture is not interpreting Scripture, you are. You just told us to not accept the teachings of men, the biblical interpretations of men but of the Spirit and of Scripture interpreting Scripture. Yet here you are offering us a man-made interpretation and telling us it is the definitive interpetation of God's inspired word. Are you claiming divinw inspiration and that your words are on par with Scripture?

As I said, use what interpretation you will, you are always interpreting a document that God chose to communicate in human language, through a human author, to a human audience, to a specific geological region, at a specific point in history with specific sociological and religious practices. The Church carries those traditions, as the body and bride, forward. It may be imperfect and fractured but the point of Christ's death is to redeem and unite, not divide and condemn his own people, flawed as they may be (and don't quote "I came to bring the sword" from Matthew, it doesn't apply here because we are not talking about Jewish families being divided over whether Christ is Messiah/God and persecution as a result or any modern application thereof).


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

I don't need to interpret, or reference Scripture to know that church does not mean ekklesia The word church has its origins and usage from the Middle Ages. I can just take the two words and do a little research to come to that conclusion.

Church is not a translation of ekklesia. Translating would mean that I would be attempting to convey the meaning of a word from one language to another. In this case, it does not apply because they are two different words with two different meanings. Am I claiming divine inspiration in coming to this conclusion? No, it is simply common sense.


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nrsparks130 2 years ago from Wisconsin

You once again miss my point, even if they are two different words (something which a great number of scholars would heavily debate you on), you are still translating by going from ekklesia to "congregation", from Greek to English. "Translating would mean that I would be attempting to convey the meaning of a word from one language to another." That is precisely what you, or anyone else who teaches the Bible in English does. The very points you make about relying on human interpretation undermine your argument, I do not want to be rude, my goal is not confrontation but dialogue here. None the less, your words cannot stand under their own weight here.

Even the text you quoted about Peter being the rock on which the Church is founded undermines your argument, as you earlier argued "Apostle" is an artificial title, yet Peter (a man!) is established as the prototype for Apostolic leadership of the Church. Without the witness of the Apostles there would be no NT at all. And for that matter, Apostle is a transliteration, not even a translation, of a Greek word.

Lastly, even the act of recording Scripture itself is translation. God had to inspire the author who then contained the inspiration of the Spirit in human language in such a way that his audience could grasp it and apply it to their lives. In essence, God interprets himself for us through the revelation of Scripture, which is itself the interpretation of God's revelation, then we interpret that by applying it in our own context, which is drastically removed both from the original language and sociohistorical setting of the original text.

To engage God and Scripture is to interpret, every moment of life is interpretation of something, that is how we make meaning and find purpose. Without an intepretive paradigm, we would be automatons. To assume you are either above interpetation or that you hold the one key to all interpretation and thus are no longer interpreting but simply stating unfiltered truth is the height of hubris, not Christ centered humility.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

I get your point on interpretation. I believe that Scripture interprets Scripture and the truth comes through God's interpretation via the Holy Spirit conveyed to each individual. I do not claim infallibility as Scripture is not privy to my own interpretation.

I believe we have a misunderstanding concerning "Apostle" I wasn't referring to the ones in Scripture in this article, but the self-appointed false ones that abuse their man-made titles in modern churches for gain and control. In the article I stated,

"Every modern “church” has a hierarchical system where man is called Reverend, Apostle, Bishop, Doctor, etc… The system is founded upon their own names, and men boast about their legacies. The headquarters of their worldly systems are based on this earth and governed just like the world."

I wasn't arguing against the role of the Apostle and their importance among the ekklesia, but against the clergy/ laity class hierarchical structure of government called "church."

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