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March 12, 2014

What is a denomination?

MOORE — Greetings, Moore American readers, welcome back to our weekly visit. We hope you’ve had a good week.

Using the word of God to answer these questions, “What is a denomination?” “Do I belong to one?”

An authoritative body used by many religious groups in the world today is known as a denomination. Dictionary.com defines denomination in this way — a large group of religious congregations untied under a common faith and name and organized under a single administrative and legal hierarchy.

Whenever there are issues of policy, or even judgments of doctrine to be made by these religious groups, it is often decided by use of convention or the administrative body of the denomination. As a result, the administrative body hands down policy for the entire group to follow. 

Is this biblical in anyway?

Let me start with these verses “speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;” (Eph. 4:15 KJV).

“the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (Ja. 3:17 ESV).

“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one” (Col. 4:6 ASV). Now turn in your Bible and read and meditate on 1 Pe. 3:12-17.

Let the Word of God teach and define all beliefs that we embrace. Nowhere in the Bible does God, Jesus the Christ or the Holy Spirit authorize the use of denominations. So, the use of it in any form of manner is entirely unscriptural and contrary to God’s will.

The use of a governing body, administration or headquarters for the Lord’s church is definitely unsubstantiated in God’s Word. These practices have come about by man being unwilling to accept God’s plan of authority.

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