Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
I don't know if you have really thought about this, but how many
Christian denominations are there including all the variations and
splinter groups within each one? Yet everyone of them feels that
they are the ones with the real truth, with the correct interpre-
tation of the Scriptures. I'm sure you realize the total impos-
sibility of that. There is no way that they can all be perfectly
So which denomination or independent church can you choose to
be the one that has an absolute irrefutable corner on the truth?
None of them! They are all built upon their own interpretation of
Scripture or in some cases, the private interpretation of one strong
leader (that's how cults get started). Interpretation is by its very
nature subject to error.
How, then, do you go about choosing a church? Personally, I
would avoid any church that dogmatically insists that they are the
only ones with the real truth. That's an indefensible, cocky,
arrogant attitude and not very intelligent.
You choose one that preaches/teaches the basic facts of redemp-
tion through belief in the risen Christ and one that provides a
warm climate of Christian fellowship where you feel accepted
and loved. There are all kinds of secondary issues like music,
mode of worship, etc., but whichever church you choose, get in
and get involved and make it a better church because you are in it.
1 Cor. 1:10 (nlt) says, "Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to
you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing
among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be
divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind,
united in thought and purpose." You can't do that if you insist
that you are the only one who is right. Think about it.
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Dave...you mean my church is not the ONE! Just kidding brother, as always good thoughts and quick to the point as well. - Jay Cookingham
Wise cousel, Bro. In my Canadian province during the past few years there have been a large number of so-called "splinter" groups -- i.e., groups that for various reasons deemed it necessary to move away from the more traditional and formally-established "denomitatonal" churches. I've always felt that the term "splinter" hinted at the conflict that was too often either the cause or the effect of those divisions. I don't totally disagree with a particular group dividing -- the "cell group" phenomenon -- but one must consider the spiritual temperature, the motives, the fruit of ministry of these groups. Of course, Jesus told us that: By their fruits they should be known. . . By this shall they know we are His disciples: if we have love. . . .