This is just my opinion, and I guess before I get started I need to say that I am in a denominational church. Our church is an independent baptist church. There, now you know that. I also follow friends and groups on Facebook, which is what moved me to write this blog today. There is a group whose post started appearing in my feed one day awhile back and I’ve continued to let it go. Now I’m not going to mention the name of the group, but, they come off to me in a manner which seems to be that they’re a more pure, or better brand of Christianity than any other modern believer group, and it never fails whenever they make a post there will be at least one Hebrew word in their post.
Now to the point of this post. I got to thinking about it and even though I’m in a denominational belief system, that in reality all denominations tend to do is to encourage separation of the body of Christ. I mean the doctrines we use to label ourselves Baptist, Episcopalians, Methodist, or continue ad nauseam, do not in anyway unify the body of Christ nor do they lead people to Christ. In my opinion they create confusion, and give the unbeliever reason not to seek salvation. We put away the doctrine of the Bible and promote human doctrine and earthly traditions. It has been done to the point that new converts can’t even sort out the basics of their faith, and salvation becomes just a “get out of hell free card”. The lost don’t want what we have because we don’t even know what we have!
As I’ve been pondering this issue it comes to mind that Jesus had something to say about this, so I’m going to let His word speak. In the gospel of John, Jesus is at Jacob’s well in Samaria speaking to a Samaritan women when,”The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” to which, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:19-24
What I see in this discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan women is that it’s not so important where you worship, but, how you worship. You see the women spoke of what their traditions were, this mountain or Jerusalem, and Jesus spoke on how people should worship, in spirit and truth. He didn’t say anything that would cause this woman to feel unwelcome or that there was some sort of work she needed to accomplish in order to be in a right relation with God. You know one of the marks of Christ earthly ministry was to bring to our awareness that we stand guilty before God not just by what we do, but, also by what is in our hearts. This last Sunday as I continued our sermon series on the beatitudes I mentioned that one of the aspects concerning righteousness is a legal one, that it is a right relationship with God that justifies us. The Bible tells us that, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. So, I guess as Christian’s we may need to reconsider where we stand in the light of what God’s word says, and we need to let go of every weight that holds us back, this may even mean we reevaluate which is more important denominations, traditions, or our relationships with God and our fellow man.
Thank you for taking the time to reads this, God bless, Pastor Charlie.