The culture of religion in America is inundated with sectarianism and division. And while Jesus’ people are called to be set apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9), what I’m talking about is a sickness in the hearts and souls of many today.
So many are more enamored with following their religious traditions or teachings than seeking to be like Jesus in their lives and praise Him in their worship. Therefore, I have three steps that will help someone overcome denominationalism in their lives so that we can look for the pure religion of Jesus Christ.
Realize Denominations Are Sinful
“…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:13
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10
Look For Divinely Inspired Religion
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is…to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:27
If we wish to follow pure religion (i.e. the actions based upon our beliefs in God which are to be united – James 1:21-27, Ephesians 4:13) we need to look to His way.
Let me encourage those who have been overtaken by denominationalism and swept away by man’s teachings to look for that religion. He has not only given us the way to access it but He has given us a book to learn of it and follow it (cf. 2 Peter 1:3).
I can honestly say that it is freeing knowing that I do not follow man but God. That I have been able to look to God for the answers I so desperately needed (like how to be saved, how to live a faithful life and how to worship Him in spirit and in truth). That I have the ability to show other people that freedom!
Make the Decision to Forever Leave Man’s Way
Once you have realized the sinful nature of divisions and therefore denominationalism and you have sought out that form of doctrine which is pure and undefiled (Romans 6:17) then there is one more thing you need to do to overcome denominationalism. Like the person that is lactose intolerant or the person who has been addicted to some intoxicant, you have to fight, your entire life, to stay away from the thing that caused the division (I know I just likened getting a stomach ache from dairy and heroin addiction but only in that one way, I understand they are drastically different).
Jesus, by the hand of John, told His followers to be faithful until the point of death (Revelation 2:10) and while not many will face physical death for denying denominationalism, the Christian life is a life of denying lusts and fighting to remain faithful to God’s Word instead of the ways of man (Titus 2:11-14, cf. Ephesians 4:13-15).
Let me encourage everyone to stay faithful to His ways. Reject denominationalism simply because it stands int he way of unity and look for His pure religion that is able to free us from the ways of man. I promise, you will not regret your decision!