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Church Denominations Defy Christ's Words

Updated on September 5, 2017
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PlanksandNails' goal is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

Many preach and teach on revival, renewal and restoration of what they call 'church,' but many do not realize that this requires a separation from the religious kingdoms under the umbrella of denominations that man has made for themselves. The have failed to give the King of kings first priority in their lives and give him the final word in all things. The traditions of man have had liberties in contradicting, compromising and twisting Scripture for their own gain. No one will be able to enter into the the Kingdom of God unless they reject the traditions of man.

Over the centuries those within the institutional church system have not heeded the instructions of 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 the corporations of Christianity.

Denominations

Christ never commanded his disciples to make members of denominations with a choice of thousands of different 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, they are in open defiance to Christ's words by causing division among believers. They are sold on a false Gospel while they zealously partake in building their religious man-made kingdoms giving lip service to a presupposed image of Christ rather than walking in the Spirit. You can always tell who their allegiance is to because of where their headquarters are located.

To make a disciple of Christ is by pointing others to the way of Christ. Many have it backwards and try to make disciples by pointing to themselves or someone else. They are not disciples of Christ, but of someone other than him.

They say they believe in Christ, but do not really believe 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 through the standard of God's word with the help of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, those who partake of the modern church system do not really love Christ because they openly defy his words.

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 Christ spoke these words, he was not referencing Scripture, but was speaking the words of his 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 will require allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in digesting something that may seem 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 they have built their foundations on the rubble of abolished temple system. Renewal is the abandonment of the whole religious mess and starting over with the foundation that is laid by 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 a building called church, praying and witnessing to others.
  • A true conversion to following Christ will result in making disciples and the desire and willingness do everything that Christ taught.

Without being able to discern the difference between these two foundations many will be deceived, remain in bondage and never attain 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 Christ has abandoned 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 say and do.

To further clarify the distinction between the church member and a follower of Christ is what they have been taught. The church members beliefs come from their own denominational affiliations, doctrines, traditions and liturgies that have all been created by men. They will tell you that everything that they do is based on God's will, but this is a deception.

In contrast, the followers of Christ follow the basic instructions of their leader.

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 my name, 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 Christ ever add to these simple instructions?

Where does it say that he commanded us to make church members under a denominational umbrella?

Religious men have bewitched the masses into blatantly disobeying the King so that they can become kings instead.

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 Christ taught. Merely having knowledge of Scripture does not equate to entering into God’s Kingdom or walking in the way of Christ.

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 Christ. It was the message of Christ that had been previously taught to them. It was not from the Bible, but the words and teachings of Christ.

Can you see the distinction?

That is why many teach Scripture, but ignore Christ's words.

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 deception.

The true words of God are the words of Christ. Although there are those who profess to abide by Biblical doctrine, they do not obey the words of Christ. Those who do not obey are held in captivity under the oppression of the counterfeit religious denominational church system. They do not give the King his proper place as Head or obey his commands.

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

      Michael-Milec,

      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

      Graceinus,

      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

      Lifegate,

      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.