Presentation on theme: "The Effects of Denominationalism"— Presentation transcript:
1The Effects of Denominationalism Definition:Denominationalism is the state of religious division. It involves not only classes of religion, but different religions teaching different doctrines; thus the separation designation.
2The Effects of Denominationalism PBNCSLComment: There are now thousands of different religions, with new ones being introduced. Why is this so?PUU
3The Effects of Denominationalism Makes light of Jesus’ prayer for unity:“20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17, I Cor. 1: 10-13).
4The Effects of Denominationalism Presents Bible as not understandable:“3: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4: Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)” (Eph. 3).
5The Effects of Denominationalism Has God the author of confusion:“32: And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (I Cor. 14).
6The Effects of Denominationalism Makes mockery of Jesus’ Lordship:“46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47: Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like…” (Luke 6).
7The Effects of Denominationalism Pictures God as respecter of persons:“34: Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10).
8The Effects of Denominationalism Have us believe God is incompetent:“44: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45: It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6).
9The Effects of Denominationalism Denominationalism produces infidelity:“20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17).
10The Effects of Denominationalism One effect is spiritual indifference:“15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16: But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” (2 Tim. 2).
11The Effects of Denominationalism “Join the church of your choice and glorify God” (My Answer, 12/15/55).Comment: In view of what we have seen taught in the scriptures, which comment is biblically harmonious, Billy Graham or John Wesley (next slide)?
12The Effects of Denominationalism “Would to God that all party names, and unscriptural phrases and forms which have divided the Christian world, were forgot…that the very name (Methodist, dm) might never be mentioned more, but be buried in eternal oblivion” (Universal Knowledge, Vol. 9, p. 540).