What church?

This blog reflects my personal opinion about the different churches.  If you disagree, that’s fine.  Just don’t bother to send messages telling me I’m wrong.  I get that there are other points-of-view.  

The Church is the Body of Christ.  Its members are believers.  It’s NOT a particular denomination or brand name or any other label.  Can you imagine going to heaven and expecting only those believers from your particular church being there?  

All Christians should share certain core beliefs.  What separates us is the small stuff that really doesn’t matter at the end of the day.  These differences come in many packages.  Here are just a few examples:  style of worship music; use of instruments; Bible translation; type of baptism; infant baptism; who can take communion; one cup vs. small cups in communion; miracles; manifestation of the Holy spirit; dress style; outward appearance; alcohol consumption; divorce and remarriage, tithing, etc.  I could probably list a few hundred differences off of the top of my head.  You get the picture.  

Here’s the reality:  no church is 100% correct on everything.  Believers are united on the major tenants, but we lose it with the minor things.  It’s unfortunate that human nature is to sweat the small stuff when it comes to spiritual matters.  

My wife and I don’t worship at any denominational or brand name church.  For us, we chose to attend non-denominational churches that are Bible-based and accept the core beliefs of Christianity.  However, one must still exercise good judgment, because  a non-denominational church may simply reflect the views of a controlling and erroneous pastor and not be Biblical.   

When asked by someone where they should go to church, I suggest finding a body of believers where you fit, and use spiritual discernment to determine if it’s the right one.  If you trip across one that claims exclusivity on salvation, run rather than walk away from it.  

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