Sunday, March 6, 2016

Denominational and Nondenominational Christianity


It Is Written, Ephesians 2:8-9, for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;  it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
There are many people who do not know the difference between denominational and nondenominational.  People have a tendency to classify anything to do with Jesus as denominational or as they call it, religion.  In this message, a few of the differences are explained.  Keep in mind however, that the only way for salvation is through Jesus Christ.
Religion has split into a number of denominations over the last 400 years or so.  For this message we will look at Christian religions.  The various religions have become spinoffs of the old Protestant and Catholic religions. They were started by various reformers a few hundred years ago, as each tried to improve and get closer to the people's needs.  Therefore there are some differences between them.
Religions, although based on the Bible, sometimes differ in how they interpret it.  Because they all operate with many man-made rules, regulations, and rituals, many of them have strayed from basic beliefs in the Bible, and would have you believe, that you can work your way to heaven.
Nondenominational Christians, believe the Bible and everything in it.  They believe it is the true Word of God, and they stand on that completely, to the best of their ability.  Their reverence for the Word of God helps them build a relationship with God.  Their number one belief is as it says in Ephesians, we are saved only by the belief in and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior.
So basically there you have it.  The key to everything is the acceptance of what Jesus did for us, and following the Word of God.  If your church is not teaching salvation through Jesus only, or tries to reinterpret the Word of God, but in order to be politically correct, or to attract new members, it would be a good idea to find a new church.  Have a blessed day.           Praise the Lord!
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me.  Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation.  Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
Thank You Lord
Amen