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The Distinction between the Kingdom of God and Church Denominations

Updated on April 6, 2015

Many preach and teach on revival, renewal and restoration in the "church," but many do not realize that this requires a separation from the kingdoms man has made for themselves, and giving the King first priority in their lives. It is allowing Jesus Christ to live within us and giving Him the final word in all things. The traditions of man have had liberties in contradicting and compromising the Word of God and get away with it by calling it “Christian." Entering into New Jerusalem requires rejecting the traditions of man and the things that do not have origins in Him.

Over the centuries the modern “church” has not heeded the instructions of Jesus Christ, but have abandoned them for the seductive deceptions of Satan. Religious organizations have created their own denominational doctrines that have become the gold standard of corporate “Christianity.”


Jesus Christ never commanded His disciples to make members of denominations with a choice of “churches,” but taught them simply to do what He had taught them.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

The moment someone becomes a denominational “church” member, it becomes open defiance to the King of New Jerusalem by causing division among believers. The professional salaried clergy members will promote this idolatry to the masses and they busily build their man-made kingdoms and worldly structure within the religion of attending “church.” The rebellion and defiance of those within the spiritual kingdom of Babylon pursue the image of man rather than Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Babylonians will say they believe in Jesus Christ, but do not really believe Jesus Christ. They perpetuate the traditions of man and the hierarchical structures that are meant to control the minds of the masses, rather than making disciples who weigh and test their beliefs and practices by the Word of God. Unfortunately, those who partake of the modern “church” system do not really love Jesus because they do not heed what He says.

Genuine vs. the Counterfeit

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” – John 14:21

When Jesus spoke these words, He was not referencing Scripture, but was speaking the words of the Father.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. – John 14:24-25

To be a true seeker of truth requires allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in digesting something that may be unpalatable at first. Renewing of the mind is the result of shedding the subtle deceptions and trickery that blinds so many into not understanding what God has said because many have built their foundations on the rubble of Babylon. Renewal is the abandonment of the whole religious mess and starting over with the foundation that is laid by Jesus Christ Himself.

Here are two foundations. One is the genuine and the other is counterfeit? Can you spot the difference?

  • A true conversion to Christianity results in reading your Bible, attending “church” meetings, praying, and witnessing to others.

  • A true conversion to Christianity is the result in making disciples and the desire and willingness do everything that Jesus Christ taught.

Without being able to discern the difference between these two foundations many will be deceived and will not come into spiritual maturity.

Simple Instructions

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. – Matthew 16:24-25

Many do not understand that a true follower of Jesus Christ has abandoned all of his own rights and given all control to the King. They have voluntarily surrendered their souls to God’s will by sharing their lives with Him and giving Him precedence in all that they do.

To further clarify the distinction between citizens of spiritual Babylon and New Jerusalem is the difference in what they have been taught. The salaried clergyman and “church” members beliefs come from their own denominational affiliations, doctrines, traditions and liturgies that are created by men. They will tell you that everything that they do is based on the Word of God, but this is a deception. The citizens of New Jerusalem in contrast follow the basic instructions of Jesus Christ that He gave them.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

  • Did Jesus Christ ever add to these simple instructions?
  • Where does it say that He commanded us to make members of denominations?

Men have bewitched the masses into blatantly disobeying the King so that they can become the head of every man in the "church."

And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. – John 5:37-40

Many denominations will devote themselves to Scripture, but fail to believe and understand what Jesus taught. Merely having knowledge of Scripture does not equate to entering into God’s Kingdom, or becoming more like Jesus.

The Word of God

This is something to think about? What did Peter mean when he instructed those to desire the pure milk of God’s Word? Firstly, when Peter said this the New Testament was not written yet; therefore, he must have been referring to something else. Do you know what this may be?

Peter was actually referring to the words of Jesus. It was the message of Jesus Christ that had been previously taught to them. It was not from the Bible, but the words and teachings of Jesus Christ. Can you see the distinction? that is why many teach Scripture, but ignore Jesus’ words.

Here are some verses that may bring more clarification,

Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. – 1 Timothy 6:2-5

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. – 2 John 9-11

If you do not measure your doctrine upon these two verses you are most likely in the deception of spiritual Babylon.

The true Word of God are the words of Jesus Christ. Although there are those who profess to abide by Biblical doctrine, they do not heed the words of Jesus Christ. Those who do not heed the Word of God are held in captivity under the oppression of religious spiritual Babylon. They do not give the King His proper place as Head of the ekklesia, or obey His commands.

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    • PlanksandNails profile image

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


      Man has a tendency to complicate and confuse things rather than focusing on the simplicity of Jesus Christ words. I am blessed that you get it.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello planksandnails.

      Your hubs are always edifying. Who am I to add anything to what you said , is correct .

      My heart is aching, knowing that all this centuries of theological explaining, no one came out with true meaning of Matthew 28: 18-20.

      The command is to the disciples to "dip-isade" into...

      Voted up.

      Pax vobiscum.

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


      I believe that this message is urgent and of utmost importance. If it is not driven home (shouted from the roof tops) many religious people will not enter into the Kingdom. I have finished one more article in this series that will expand on this theme and will address your comment. When time permits I hope to publish it soon.

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


      There are many who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, but have no clue what it really means. Unfortunately, I know of many.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Another excellent Hub. I would like to mention something very important to this subjust. We, as christians, need to understand what exactly the true church is. And you have in this Hub and others explained it so well. And it is an important matter for all of us. Clearly, though, we as christian must not confuse the church as beening the Kingdom of God. And that it's two separate issue and are not the same thing. I do believe there are many out there that believe the Kingdom

      of God is or will the result from the merits of their man made churches, which is not true.

      Again excellent Hub.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi PandN,

      I like your line, "Spiritual Babylonians will say they believe in Jesus Christ, but do not really believe Jesus Christ." That one little word "in" makes all the difference.