Denominations: Does the Lord's Church
consist of many denominations?
religious world, that is, those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, views
denominations with their various names and teachings, as the church Jesus said
he would build. Mathew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not
prevail against it”. Notice Jesus did not say He would build many different
denominations called by different names and conflicting teachings. Jesus asked a
question in Mathew 21:25, which was directed to the chief priest and the elders
of the people v.23. Jesus asked, “The baptism of John, whence was it?
from heaven, or of men”. My question is, denominations, are they from
heaven, or men? That is, did they originate from God or man?
Let’s look at some scriptures now concerning the church Jesus built in order to answer the question above.
Paul said in Ephesians 1:22-23 “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all”. Did you notice that the church and his body are one and the same? The church is his body, the body is the church. Another question that needs to be asked, how many heads does the body have? The answer is one, Christ is the head of the body. How many bodies does the head have? The answer is one. Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body”.
Another question, what is the body, the church composed of? In other words, what is the church made of? The answer: saved people. Acts 2:47 “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. Peter writing to Christians, those who were saved said this, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house” I Peter 2:5. So all who are saved make up the one body, the church. Notice again, there is one body, not many different denominations.
Paul had this to say to the church, the one body, at Corinth. “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” I Corinthians 1:10. We see in this verse that the one body, the church, is to be united, not divided. Denominations on the other hand do not speak the same thing; they are divided, and they are not perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment.
The good news is, the scriptures show how to be a part of the one body and how to become “lively stones” a “spiritual house”, which is the church. If you have a desire to be part of Christ’s body, the church, then a good starting place would be to click on this link and read (Saved by What?) located on the Articles page of this website. Also you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or desire a more in depth study concerning the church Jesus built and how to become a member of it. “The churches of Christ salute you” Romans 16:16.