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Why 30,000 Denominations?

Salutations.

I recently had a friend express concern that Christians have so many different denominations. For other religions, this is a point that proves the falsehood of Christianity. After all, if Jesus created a church, should it not be just one church? Catholics and Later-Day Saints, in particular, point to this argument. Does denominational divisions truly prove that Christianity does not work?
If you look hard enough here into the archives of my blog, you will find that I have plenty to say against denominational division. I do believe that Paul taught against the very idea. So, the irony of me stepping up to defend it is not lost me. However, I will categorically state that the existence of such division does not disprove Christianity. Furthermore, many of these denominations teach the essential truths of Christian theology. As a result, I reconciled myself to disagreements within the body of Christ a long time ago. Basically, there are a two main category of differences, and scripture addresses them both. (more…)

Organizations Are Not Protection

Salutations.

Recently, I have spent time thinking on the argument some have used to get me to join a traditional church.  The argument goes that if I do not meet in an established church, that I do not come under the protective authority of leadership.  As such, the chances I will wonder astray or fall into heresy increase significantly.

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Response to John Piper Part 2

Welcome to the bonus blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a  look at a statement from John Piper stating that those who walks away from the viable, traditional church, walk away from Jesus.
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Response to John Piper Part 1

Welcome to the bonus blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a  look at a statement from John Piper stating that those who walks away from the viable, traditional church, walk away from Jesus.
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What’s In A Name? Everything.

This is a follow up to my last post.

Recently, I contacted a local pastor to discuss evangelicalism and challenges in the Salt Lake Valley area.  The time we spent together over a meal went rather well.  We lost track of time talking about numerous topics, despite our dramatically different backgrounds.  Later, I sent a follow up email asking him if we could get together again, as brothers, and discuss the Word of God further and become friends.

The letter, politely worded, indicated that while he did not question my heart (for God?), he could not consider me a brother. (more…)

Church is not Church

goingtochurchOnce again, a facebook posting inspired my faith based article for the week.  This one has to do with a picture which states, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.”  Numerous posts (some in total CAPS) preceded and followed the picture.

First, my blood pressure rises just a bit when I see pictures and posts like this.  If someone honestly believes that going to a weekly church event will, alone, qualify them for entrance into heaven, their strong delusions will not be dispelled by a simple internet posting. I have yet to see a posting like this ever receive even one response of sudden realization that the point made has changed their life. (more…)

Protestantism: Catch 22… Or Is It?

warnSalutations.

For the most part, I plan to avoid lengthy studies into the finer details of theology.  They not only do little to move a post modern mindset so prevalent in our world today, but I believe scripture teaches us that God desires we focus our time and energy serving Him faithfully, primarily by loving one another.  With that said, occasionally I receive a question, or concern, which I do like to address. (more…)