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Church Denominations Promote Division
There is a huge problem of division within the modern church system. The doctrines of every single denomination and the sects of what is called '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 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 Christ is not of God. This means that the foundation that all their doctrines stand on are false. Each separate church entity 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, all have separated by name. Men are the ones who make the decisions about their own doctrines and traditions instead of using Scripture as the standard.
The true Gospel has nothing to do with the opinions and mandates of religious men. Many in the church system do not have a clue about the Gospel of the Kingdom because they have created their own kingdoms as a replacement.
The absolute truth concerning God’s will, righteousness, holiness and salvation are found and determined in Scripture. This is where pure doctrine is found. Corrupted doctrines are formed when men who identify themselves as leaders appoint themselves as the power and authority of Scripture. They will say, 'Thus sayeth the Lord,' telling us that we must conform to their opinions as truth.
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 knows the difference between man-made wisdom versus abiding in God's 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 because there is only one mediator.
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 podiums in named religious buildings calling people to attain the Father through them.
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 what the manifestation of what modern church system is all about.
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 and built by Christ?
Without the Holy Spirit, men will for the deception of those who appoint themselves to be the ones to lead and guide others into their man-made wisdom.
“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 Christ.
The Foundation of Man
The problem is men have attempted to usurp the power and authority of Christ for themselves. They will tell you that God has called them and will twist Scripture to align with their own man-made wisdom and sell it from the pulpits.
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
These men are the prideful and arrogant leaders who cause division because they want to run things instead of Christ. When they are questioned, it is often 'my way or the highway.' Most people who start reading the Scripture for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit 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 self-appointed leaders do not want 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?
It should 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 Christ and his words and live by them.
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 as being more important than yourself?
If we were all in one accord and of one mind, there would be no room for the twisted forms of leadership that has manifested in the church system today. God is no respecter of persons. There are no mere men who are to wear the big hat in the Kingdom of God. Christ is King and everyone else are servants in his Kingdom being subject to one another.
The modern church system has a hierarchical system where men have titles such as Reverend, Apostle, Bishop, Doctor, etc. The system is founded upon their own names and men boast of 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
The plain fact is that the church systems today have all been founded on a man, not on the work of Christ.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
Do you know what the Gospel of the Kingdom is about?
No churches of men preach it. They cannot because it would destroy their business model and a means for the clergy to make a living off the backs of the people. To promote Christ and his Kingdom means you cannot serve mammon.
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 who are in the church system cannot see the Kingdom of God because they are part of the kingdoms of men.
The religious modern church system is a visible kingdom, but the Kingdom of God is not visible because 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
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 religious kingdoms that are full of creeds, mandates, traditions and rituals.
In contrast, the true followers of Christ 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 are reviled and are the brunt of those who utter false accusations on the account of Christ
Christ 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 system from your company. That is exactly what Christ did when he was on this earth. We do not need salaried church mediators because we have the Holy Spirit who will guide us into all truth.
If you follow man-made leaders you will not be able to see the Kingdom of God. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God. If you don't do this first then everything else is a vain endeavour.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33
Many claim to know God and give lip service to Him, but they are in disobedience to His ways. They do not have the secrets to the kingdom of heaven they supposedly claim to have.
“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
In the man made church system are man-made leaders who preach man-made wisdom. It is not the Gospel of the Kingdom.
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 secrets and hidden wisdom of God, just like the scribes and the Pharisees who 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 counterfeit Gospel that is sold to the masses in fancy religious buildings. God’s wrath is going to destroy all of it. Get out while you can from the bondage of those who do not make Christ the Head. Repent and accept the true Christ who is the only appointed true mediator. It is time to walk in obedience to the way of Christ and receive the Holy Spirit that guides us into the Kingdom of God.
The ekklesia are founded on the teaching of Christ who are not divided. There is only one ekklesia, one faith and one leader who is Christ where all the brethren are under his authority. Every member of the true body of Christ are in one accord with one mind being led by the Holy Spirit.
Those in the modern church system are not led by the Holy Spirit because all of their doctrines have been inspired by men who abuse Scripture to promote their own agendas in buildings they call 'church.'
We cannot negate the role of true leadership within the body of Christ. Many fail to understand that it has nothing to with any formal title and a religious vocation as a means to receive honour, distinction, accolades and a salary. Many have been duped into believing that their man-made definitions of clergy with titles like Reverend, Minister, Priest, Bishop, Pastor, etc. are what Christ intended, but the fact is that they have twisted Scripture so they can be in control.
To follow Christ means to follow Christ.
How is it that many have made it so complicated?
Is the church that you are a part of divided by a name?
- Men with Titles in False Churches
The modern “church” is full of men with titles., but these professional titles that are pinned upon these men do not come from God, but men themselves.
- Church Government
Submitting to God requires discernment and understanding. It is not about conforming to a religious institutionalized system of the modern “church” where you become a slave to the traditions of man.
- The Hierarchical Structure of the Modern Church
Many falsely assume that the government of the Church is to be run by the hierarchical structure of the priesthood class even though Jesus Christ eliminated it.
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