Denominations have benefits:
- way to distinguish beliefs and practices
- source of identification
- door to collaboration or networking
- place to turn for support
- pool of resources
Denominations have a downside:You can get locked in to certain bents and it becomes difficult to break from them without possible divisions should you determine the doctrine or practice does not really line up with Scripture. If you choose to stay with the denomination and still follow what you believe to be true, outsiders will still tend to identify you with the denomination unless they take time to get to know you.
Denominational Doctrine, Bylaws, and Practices are not the Ultimate:God and His Word should be the primary guiding force in all we do. The Bible is the grid through which we pursue God's purposes. All decisions should be filtered through His Word.
- 2 Tim. 3:16-17 - Scripture is the ultimate authority.
- Mk. 7:1-8 - Traditions should not be allowed to supersede the Word of God.
- 1 Cor. 3:1-11 - The Church is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and God is supreme, not another person or organization. To function otherwise is to be worldly, not spiritual.
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