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Church Denominations Promote Division

Updated on September 17, 2017
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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?

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      Johan Smulders 2 months ago from East London, South Africa

      Interesting article and the only way to restore Christianity as God meant it to be is to go back to what it was in the first century. We can find this by studying the scriptures with the help of the Holy Spirit as Jesus said and John recorded in John 16.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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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      N R Sparks 3 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 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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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      N R Sparks 3 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 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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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      N R Sparks 3 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 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Lifegate,

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

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Thanks Graceinus, I hope so too.

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      William Kovacic 3 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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      Neil Braithwaite 3 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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      graceinus 3 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.