Christian Questions – Why are there so many Denominations?


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Why are there so many Denominations in Christianity when the Bible mentions none?
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This is a big question which can be answered in many ways so for the purposes of being brief and giving you an answer which you can easily remember I’ll say this, because God gave us free will.
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Like any other group of people, Christian Assemblies have been given that freedom to follow God and to practice their faith in the way they interpret the Holy Scriptures with varying degrees of success which can range from those who have some of it right, to those who have much of it right and all of the others in between.  It’s from this freedom of choice that we have so many denominations however, God tells us in 1 Corinthians 3, that we are to take care how we build upon Christ’s foundation and in that day of judgement, every man’s work will be tried to see if it was of God.  God tells us that for those who built with straw, hay and stubble, their works would be burned up with fire but they would be saved and to those who built with silver and gold, their work would remain.
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Denominations or differing views about God and Jesus, have been around ever since the birth of the Church, they remain today and I’m sure they’ll be around until the day Christ’s return so what’s important for us as believers is to have a healthy attitude toward this question. You see God thinks very differently to us and we need to understand that, our human nature would say “well why doesn’t God just come down and clean house?” and that’s a fair statement however, God’s ways are not our ways. What God tells us is that when the field of wheat was sown, the enemy came and sowed tares into the field by night and when the labourers came to tell the master, the master gave the order not to remove tares but to leave them in until the day of the harvest. The master went on to give the reason saying that by pulling out the tares, good wheat could be uprooted so, better to leave it in until that day.
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Jesus was of course referring to his the Church as the field and the reason for leaving the tares in, was to be careful not to uproot those good believers who might be close by and this is the best example I could give for the question of denominations. Friends, it’s his church to guide, grow and judge so let your attitude be this, make a difference in where ever God has set you in his body, building with Gold and Silver leaving the judgement of his church to him. Denominations will likely be around for a long time whether we like it or not so friends again, I’d say just leave it to Jesus and live your Christian life within God will, plan and purposes for your own life and remember, Jesus wants all of us to love his church, just like he does. I hope this has simply and surely answered the question.
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God bless
Steven
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.