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Creating their own Christianity

Updated on May 26, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

Over 40,000 Christian denominations

The number of supposed Christian denominations has been a sticking point in evangelism and apologetics. It is a major stumbling block to many unbelievers as they are confused over which denomination has the truth.

The unbeliever is to alone as it can get hard for unwary believers to know the difference. There are a lot of denominations and while some have only minor differences, too many have gone to the extreme in their beliefs and try to change Christianity to fit their preferences.

Practicing Christianity their way

This is one of the problems with the Christian world. God has allowed his creation a lot of latitude in what they will believe. In other words this latitude is called freedom to choose. God’s creation gets to choose what they will believe, how they will practice those beliefs and so on.

How this freedom is viewed is often the key to why there are so many different religious denominations. Many believer or people who want to get to heaven view this freedom as permission to believe and do whatever they want and still get into heaven.

Sin is no longer the boundary line as it is now welcomed into different religious practices. This is because those that do not want to follow God’s or Jesus’ instructions on how to live their lives, redefine sin and evil, as well as morality and call their versions good, normal and okay. This is done regardless of what God has said in the Bible.

Some examples of people practicing Christianity their way

One only has to turn to one Christian newspaper to get an idea how people are practicing Christianity their way. There are those who continue to claim that women preacher’s are okay.

This is done in spite of the fat that God did not appoint one woman to be a priest in his Temple and Jesus did not appoint one woman to be a preacher in his church. The progressive Christians continue to try and reinterpret the Bible to find something that will support their sinful move.

Then their is this example, “Vision Church of Atlanta adds psychic medium to ministerial staff” and the medium claims God is on her side. She and the church say this in spite of the warnings in Lev. 19:31, 20:6, & Isaiah 8:19, as well as not seeing permission being granted in the New Testament by either Jesus or his disciples.

Another example comes from the following story, “Liberal UMC leaders promise ‘wide variety of resistance tactics’ against Church position on LGBT issues”. Again, certain church members strive to bring evil into the church ignoring God’s word found in several passages of scripture- 1 Cor. 6:9, 1 Tim.1:9-10 among other well quoted passages.

These liberal Methodists are not obeying Jesus by not obeying their spiritual authorities. This makes their case even weaker and they should remove themselves from the Methodist church if they do not want to follow the rules.

A third example comes from the following story, “Baptist church connected to Baylor to allow ministers to perform same-sex weddings”. Marriage is between a natural man man and a natural woman.

The word natural has t be placed in their to distinguish real men and women from those misguided and deceived people who alter their bodies because they think they are victims of a mistake.

There is no verse in the Bible advocating for or giving permission to marry same sex couples. 1 John 1:6 clearly states that those who continue to walk or do sin, are not of God. One cannot be married to a same sex mate and consider themselves redeemed by Christ.

People forget about God and his desires

Why we have so many different denominations and so many people making changes to the Christian faith is that they forget about God and his desires. They do not like the way God has set up his faiths and seek to make those changes they consider vital.

They do this usually out of misguided understandings of certain biblical passages. Like the one found in 2 John 1:5 where the apostle tells everyone to love one another.

Too often these people who strive to change Christianity to fit their views, forget that love applies to God as well. Jesus said, if you love me keep my commandments. Jesus did not say, if you love me change my commandments, instructions and so on.

These people also forget that it is God who has created Christianity. He owns it, it is his not ours. We are welcomed into the Christian faith by grace after we give up our sins. God and Jesus have the say and only they have the right and authority to make the rules of their faith.

We can go throughout the Bible and find where God puts obedience above all else. The Bible tells us it is better to obey than to sacrifice. Obedience is the key

Yet people refuse to listen

In spite f having the Bible written so we can understand it, see it and learn from it; in spite of all the messengers God has sent to his creation; in spite of all the examples God provides of what happens when his creation try to change his faith, people still do not listen.

They continue to ignore God, his messengers, his word and his examples so that they can create their own faith and try to call it Christianity. Unfortunately for them, what they create is not of God nor is it Christian.

The Bible tells us that confusion is not of God which should give people a clue as to the source of many of those fake Christian denominations. The early church knew who were and were not Christians because,as the Book of Acts says, they were all of one mind and followed the disciples’ teaching.

They did not follow or adopt Gnostic or cult teachings but stayed with the truth. And so should we. The truth is, if the teachings are not part of what Jesus and the disciples taught, then it cannot be adopted, adapted or placed inside of the Christian faith.

We need to remove the confusion so that all people can find the truth with ease.

© 2019 David Thiessen


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