Why are there so many Denominations?

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ephesians 3:4-6

Have you ever wondered why there are so many churches and denominations all claiming to be the one true “churchof Jesus Christ”?

 

How could it be that there exist so many denominations with so many different versions of the truth and so many versions of true Jesus Christ, when God clearly has written there is only one “one faith, one baptism, One God…”

 

God, through the pen of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:4 declared that are not many faiths, but one.

 

So too, there are not many versions of Jesus Christ, but one Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus warned that there would arise in the last days many who would say “Lo, here is Christ…, and yet Jesus warned “believe it not.

 

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs…Mark 13:21-22a.

 

God has written that there is only one faith, one baptism and one Spirit, which means there is only one truth, and only one version of truth.

 

With so many individuals and organizations all claiming to be the true “faith”, how can one know what is truth?

 

Thankfully, God has given His Word, the Bible as His only authoritative delineation of His will for man and His plan for the salvation of His people. The Bible alone contains all that God wants man to know about Him and His plan.

 

This is why we at Family Radio place such high regard upon the Bible, because we are absolutely convicted that the Bible alone holds all knowledge that can be known about God and His salvation of mankind.

 

We believe that the Word of God is the vehicle by which God saves His elect people. Through God’s Spirit’s use of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit breathes upon the hearts of those for whom Christ died.

 

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  Romans 10:17

 

Though other books may contain some truth, no other book is used by God and His Spirit to bring the “one faith” needed to believe upon Jesus Christ.

 

The “one faith” to which God is referring in Ephesians 4:5 is the one faith that drives God’s people to Him and impels them to trust and obey Him and His Word.

 

For one to trust the Bible and to come to know the “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” God’s Spirit must breathe upon one’s heart. Only then will one be given ears to hear and eyes to see the truth and begin to understand the Gospel.

 

To rightly divide the “word of truth” -the Bible, one must be led into truth, guided by God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit. One cannot rely upon his or her natural understanding to “rightly divide the word of truth.

 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

 

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

I Corinthians 2:12-14

 

Faith, trust, hope come only after the Spirit has done a work in us, not before.

 

Before we have been spiritually reawakened or “born again” we are incapable of discerning spiritual things, including the essential truth we must be saved.

 

Natural man cannot, and will not come to God

 

There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Romans 3:11

 

Yet, how many “gospels” in our world preach that one can and must seek God with all one’s heart?

 

How many denominations teach that salvation is achieved through an act of will or acceptance?

 

The problem is, we cannot believe in the Lord Jesus Christ unless we have first become “born again”

 

Only then can we discern spiritual things, including our need to seek God.

 

All God’s commands in the Bible, including “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” are part of the spiritual things which cannot be “spiritually discerned” by us naturally. This is why we must first be “born again” so that we can discern this spiritual command.

 

It is only after the Spirit of God has done His work that we are then able to discern God’s spiritual commands.

 

It is only after we have become “born again” that we are given “power to become the sons of God.”

 

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.         

John 1:12&13

 

Jesus explains in John 3:8 the mysterious way in which someone is “born again”

 

The wind [the Holy Spirit] bloweth where it listeth [wills] and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and withereth it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

 

Only those upon whom the wind or the Spirit “bloweth” or breathes become “born again” and do so because the Spirit “listeth” or wills to do so.

 

Only then are we given the armor to grasp hold of, and understand truth. Only then can we see truth from error.

 

Jesus promised that His people will hear His voice and will be led to truth, and the reason they do so is because they have been “born again” and have had their new spiritual senses exercised.

 

He promised that nothing will harm them and no “strangers” will be capable of leading one of Christ’s people astray.

 

He that is of God heareth God’s words…  John 8:47b

 

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:  John 10:27

 

Each and every one of Christ’s sheep will be drawn by God’s Spirit to the “one Lord, one faith” through the “one baptism”

 

Christ’s people need not worry how he or she will navigate through a world full of “false christs” and “false prophets”

 

Christ has promised His Spirit will come to dwell within each and every one His people.

 

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.

 

But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His spirit that dwelleth in you.

                                                                                                                           Romans 8:9&11

 

So, the question, why are there so many denominations, is not necessarily the most important question to which one must find an answer. Rather, the more important question is whether we personally have become “born again.”

 

Everything hinges upon whether we have been “born again.”

 

Has God’s Spirit removed the scales from our eyes and has He given us “eyes to see”?

 

It does no good to attempt to justify ourselves or prove to anyone else that we are of the truth.

 

It is vain to think we must defend or prove our gospel to anyone.

 

What good is it to think we our denomination or our church is the true gospel, if we personally have never been “born again”?

 

We must examine ourselves, whether we are in “the faith.”

 

We must “prove” our own selves.

 

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?     

II Corinthians 13:5

 

It is God whom must justify us and it is His Spirit who must “bear witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

 

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our, that we are the children of God:”    

Romans 8:16

 

Our association with a group, an organization or a denomination carries no weight, nor does it cull any favor from God.

 

No, salvation is of the Lord and we have nothing to offer to God. All our works are filthy rags and are counted as less than nothing.

 

We must be broken before a Holy God.

 

His Spirit must draw us to salvation, not we ourselves. His Spirit must breathe upon our hearts and give us a new heart that then can believe.

 

We “receive” Christ because we have been “called and saved” from the foundation of the world.

 

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.          

II Timothy 1:9

 

Could it be God’s Spirit would work in each of us so that we would come to see and believe in “the Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, and in you all.”