Approximately one-third of the world’s population declares themselves as Christians. There are reportedly about 34,000 different denominations (2.42 billion members) in the world which all read the same bible, yet come to different conclusions about its meaning. As it has been said before, no two opposing views can be right at the same time. All of these churches can’t be right, but they all can be wrong. The question is, who is worshiping God in vain?
Denominations vs The Bible
The Catholic church teaches sprinkling of babies. The bible teaches of immersion and that of confessed believing adults (Acts 8:36-38).
The Lutherans and Baptists, as well as many denominations, teach that one can be saved by faith only. The bible teaches faith plus confession plus repentance plus baptism plus faithfulness equals salvation (Mk 16:16 ff; Rom 10:10; Acts 2:38; Rev 2:10).
The Christian church teaches as well as do most all denominations that using instruments of music is justified because “If God does not condemn a thing, then it is all right to do it.” The Bible teaches for churches to sing and make melody in the heart (Eph 5:19). The Bible condemns all who add to God’s Word and goes beyond that which is written in the scriptures (Rev 22:18,19 ff; 1 Cor 4:6).
The Christian Scientist Church do not baptize or partake of the Lord’s Supper. Many denominations partake of the Lord’s Supper quarterly or biannually. The Bible teaches all Christians to partake of the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week in memory of the Lord’s death (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 11:24-26).
The Mormons have their own bible called the Book of Mormon. Contained in their bible are the words: “A man is a fool who says the Bible is sufficient and that it contains all of God’s revealed truth” (2 Nephi 29:2-12). Several religions have published their own Bibles such as the Catholic church and many print their own bibles with subtle changes. The bible teaches that God has given us all things that pertain to life and to godliness through the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet 1:3).
The Seventh Day Adventist Church teaches that Christians are to worship on Saturday and that the 10 commandments are still in effect. The scriptures teach that all Christians met on Sunday and that the entire law of Moses, including the 10 commandments, was nailed to the cross and abolished (Acts 20:7 ff; Col 2:14; Eph 2:15).
Conclusion: Countless denominations all wear different names, teach different doctrines, practice different forms of worship, have different plans of salvation, and each has its own earthly headquarters. How could anyone conclude that scripture authorizes any of this present confusion or that God is at all pleased by the wholesale abandonment of His plan as contained in the Scriptures? “For God is not the author of confusion” (1 Cor 14:33). However, mankind is totally confused which way to follow. If all the denominational churches were all teaching and following only God’s word as found contained in the Holy Bible, then there would only be one church, the church of Christ.
Jesus warns us against allowing the authority of the traditions of men to determine doctrine. He says, “Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition…And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt 15:6-9).
God’s word warns us to “Beware of false prophets, who come to us in sheep’s clothing” (Matt 7:15), and “many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jn 4:1). There is so much false doctrine being taught today, which many people blindly accept. On the Day of Judgment, we are going to be judged only by what the Lord says in the Bible, and not what men falsely teach. Jesus said, “He who rejects, Me and does not receive My words, has that which judges him: the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (Jn 12:48).
The Bible warns us “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men” (Eph 4:14) Christ is the only “author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Heb 5:9) If we follow any of the many plans men have devised we will be eternally lost. Our salvation in Heaven is too great to lose because if we don’t go to Heaven we will spend forever and ever in the torments of a burning Hell (Mk 9:43-48). We can’t afford to be wrong concerning our eternal salvation.
There is only one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism (Eph 4:4-6) This one Lord is Jesus Christ. This one Faith is the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9) This one baptism is the gospel of Christ, and anyone who teaches another gospel shall be accursed (Gal 1:8,9). There is only one Body and that Body was called the Church, which Jesus is the head thereof (Col 1:18 f; Eph 1:22,23). All Christians are baptized into this one Body (the Church) (1 Cor 12:13) If we believe Jesus is the Christ and confess it before men (Rom 10:9,10); If we repent and are baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38); And if we remain faithful to the doctrine of Christ, we shall be saved and receive a crown of life (Rev 2:10 f; Jam 1:12).
All who obey not the gospel of Christ shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power (2 Thess 1:7-9) Obey the Lord today and reject denominationalism before it’s eternally too late (2 Cor 6:2).