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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Denominationalism and the Church

Matthew has posted an article written by J. N. Darby where he clearly exposes the fallacies of denominationalism. Please feel free to comment here or on Matthew’s site but I would like your opinion on this topic. Are denominations necessary or are they simply an easy way for believers to avoid having to deal with the influence of Satan and the world on the Church? Does denominational hierarchy usurp the authority of Christ as the head of the Church?

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Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks, for the link, Kc.

If there are any comments here, I shall try to keep quiet. You can steer any discussion that way.

God Bless

Matthew

2/26/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Matthew please always feel free to interact here. I have no doubt you have considered this much more than most of us and have much to offer on this subject.

2/26/2006 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

I hate to start off a comment or any writing with "I think," but, I think that we are called to be Christians and Christians only, as Thomas Campbell and his son Alexander Campbell posited in the very early 1800s in this country in trying to "restore," if you will, in what is called the "Restoration Movement" led by the Campbells, Barton Stone and others, New Testament Christianity.

That's always the place I start from in talking with others about any differences (mostly of opinion) we may have. I always like to start with all we have in common as God's children in His glorious church, Jesus Christ's bride. God's ONE church for all of those who seek Him.

Again - I think that denominationalism DOES usurp the authority of Christ as head of the church. Absolutely.

In my humble opinion, we should ever strive to be one, to be in unity with each other and with every believer in this world, all in Christ Jesus as our bridegroom. In God as our Father. In His Spirit, which dwells within us until He come again.

Good questions, Kc.

Dee

2/26/2006 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Dee thanks for the visit and for your thoughts. I've been very impressed by many of the more progressive Coc'ers I've conversed with and it always seemed they were more willing to take more of an ecumenical position than those before them.

2/26/2006 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Wow, what a question. I don't feel at all equal to it, but that's never stopped me before. I've had a theory about denominations, and I'm not sure how that theory is affected by Mr. Darby's text, but here it is: Denominations just are. Rooted in history, they each take on the flavor of the culture that formed them. People drift toward the church that reflects their culture. Hopefully, while they're there, they'll meet Christ. I don't know that denominations are what God intended for the church. However, just as God uses all things for good for Christians, I suspect that he uses the historical precedent that he gets handed by this sinful world and makes something marvelous out of it. God's mastery of the situation is certainly no excuse for just doing anything old thing we want. But, when God calls us to change, maybe it's just me, but I don't hear a call to large scale social or cultural change, like eliminating denominationalism. What I hear, like I said, maybe it's just me, but what I hear as God's prescription for change is a down-deep change in people, one of them at a time. I can't think of a good metaphor, but worrying about anything besides this seems like fiddling while Rome burns. How silly! Who cares? People are dying without Christ.

2/27/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Carla welcome and thanks for your thoughts. I think I would have to agree with your reasoning though not your historical perspective. I was recently confronted with the perspective that the Church, as a whole, has fallen into such great apostasy that it will not recover before Christ returns. I'm still considering the implications of that perspective.

2/27/2006 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Denominations at their root are divisive. They are becoming less and less of a mark of certain doctrines as well. Many churches that have a certian name no longer espouse the doctrines of the conference to which they belong. Therefore not too much emphasis should be placed upon them.

We are to be known as the church of Christ, His bride, His body. That alone should suffice for recognition.

God bless,
Jim

3/01/2006 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger H K Flynn said...

I;m not big on denoms and I go to a nondenominational church. I agree that they formalize disputes insteadof seeing them resolved by God leading us into His truth.

3/01/2006 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Jodie when I see that every denomination was born out of unresolved conflict in the Church it reinforces my conviction. I really appreciate knowing your thoughts on this subject.

3/02/2006 05:00:00 AM  

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