Pastor’s Poll — Which Denomination?

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  • The chief reason that I have chosen Methodis is the doctrine of grace. From conception to all of our journey to Christ God is involved in wooing us to an intimate, dynamic, relationship with God. This prevenient grace leads us to the justifying grace of God who accepts us as forgiven through the death, biriel, and resurrection of Christ. Then, Jesus leaves us through His ascension, but promises the Holy Spirit would be sent to lead and equip us for the Christ life. Sanctifying grace, is that unfolding of what is available in the spirit-filled, directed life of the believer. There is a constant flow from the Holy Spirit available to us…happy growing

  • RonBeau Capell

    I have been raised as a Methodist. John Wesley is so right. However, we worship in a non-denominational church because of their outreach. The Methodist church is becoming so liberal and inward seeking and non outreaching, so concerned about their own governance, just not how I feel God would want us to worship. I worship a risen Lord who does not have a name except Christ.

  • Though we are Anglicans, our church does not those liberal and non-reformed churches who call themselves Anglican today. We adhere strictly to the doctrines of the English Reformers as set forth in the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion and use the same Canon of Scripture (as commonly received) that the reformers used – the Received Text. We use no materials that rely on modern Bible translations and alterations.

  • Sonia Castle

    I was brought up in a Pentecostal church now attend Presbyterian church of wales would rather count myself as Christian rather than by the name of a denomination.I think that denominations are man made & I often wonder what God thinks of all the different Christian denominations we have.

  • Ray Bettis

    I’m Pentecostal because the message and Holy Ghost is real and does work and for today plus it makes thebible more. Alive in are lives

  • It is nice to have all theses denominations just so you have more control over the different ways people understand God, but if they just follow ancient ways that Jesus taught us, we will be all in houses of worship adoring just that one God…It will be so nice to have all in one place like a big convention, Praising the only true God Jesus Christ…Put all the religion on the side and quess what, we have a Holy Ghost explosion…..

  • Bob-Gad

    I am a Presbyterian since I became a Christian in 1987.the church has natured me well
    Now I am a pastor since then i have seen God work in my life.

  • Church Denominations
    Which one do you belong to?
    Denominations are not of God!

    By Neil Schoch
    The longing heart of Christ
    John 17:11:- “— keep through Your name those whom You have given me, that they may be one as We are one.” This is speaking of the disciples that the Lord had at the time of His impassioned prayer.
    John 17:20-21:- “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
    This quite conclusively proves that the loving heart of the blessed Saviour, who loved us and gave Himself for us on Calvary’s Cross, desired the same unity between believers of all ages, as eternally existed in the Godhead. Not the slightest hint of discord, schism or disunity ever existed between the Father and the Son. They were one not only in “purpose” but their very intrinsic nature was complete oneness.

    Note the divine purpose behind this:- “that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
    The rampant disunity and the division of Christ’s Church into often warring denominations has been a huge stumbling block in endeavors to win the lost to Christ. Many times I have witnessed to people who refer to this disunity and ask, ‘why would I want to join one of those divided churches when they can’t even get along with each other, even killing each other because of their different beliefs?’
    A classical, although extreme, example was the war between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. “Where is the love” was the often asked question.
    The well known Christian Hymn, speaking about the Church, puts it this way:- “Though with a scornful wonder, Men see her sore oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed —.”
    The longing heart of the Lord Jesus Christ was that the same unity and oneness should exist between all Christians, as there was between the Father and the Son.
    Should I then decide to become a member of a “Baptist” church, then I am declaring that I am not a member of the “Church of England,” which would go directly against the wishes of the Lord, and in effect would be disobedience. The names are picked at random.

    This I have never done – never will do – indeed I dare not do, because it goes against the direct desire of the One who loved me and died on the Cross that I might be forgiven my sinful state. It also goes directly against the clear truths of God’s Holy Word.

    Ecumenical Movement
    This movement will never bring about divine unity in the Church as it just glosses over divinely revealed doctrinal truths in the inspired Word of God. It may well be the forerunner of the world wide apostate church on earth after the “catching up” of the true Church.

    Disunity in the early Church
    1 Corinthians 1:10-13:- Please read.
    Here Paul addresses the problem of divisions or schisms in the local Church at Corinth. They needed to be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement,” but they had done what is so common today, they had become followers of a man rather than Christ. Paul – Peter – Apollos, great men amongst the Church but not its head, which can only be Christ Himself.
    “Is Christ divided?” This was the vital question that the local church needed to answer. Christ can never be divided – He is the same yesterday and today, but by the factions being set up in the church it would appear that way. The head of the Church must ever be Christ, and Him alone.
    It is so sad to hear “pastors” repeatedly speak of “my church.” There is no scriptural basis for the appointment of “pastors” to lead or head up a church. If you can find one please let me know, as no one has yet succeeded.

    Following after a man/woman leader is causing great problems in the Church today even as it did at Corinth.
    Respect and obedience to those who lead by divine appointment (elders) in the Church is scriptural and very important. Sadly these leaders are often put up on a pedestal and respect can become “adulation” and adulation can become “idolatry,” which is sin. Sadly I have seen this happen a number of times.
    John the Baptist got it right when he declared, “I must decrease so that He (Christ) might increase,”
    Another danger in a local Church is when a “family clique” is involved in a leadership role. Criticize one and you will feel the wrath of them all. In saying this I recognize and respect many local churches with a family heavily involved in leadership but recognizing Christ as the Head of the body, and giving Him all the glory.
    Please also read Chapter three, particularly verses 1-9; 18 and 21—23.
    Also read Chapter 11:17-19 speaking about “divisions – factions – sects” being evident in relation to the Lord’s Supper and Table.

    1 Corinthians 12:12-27:- Once again please take the time to read this in full.
    V 12:- “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body –.”
    This is speaking of the Church in its universal aspect. Many members but only one body, the body of Christ or the Church universal, which consists of every individual believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
    It is essential to note that all believers are baptized into one body, not many denominations. This baptism of the Spirit occurs immediately at the point of conversion.
    God recognizes no man made division into denominations, that is carnal mans idea.
    V 25:- “That there should be no schism in the body.”

    Ephesians 4:4-6:- “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were 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.”
    There are seven “ones” here in this important passage of Scripture, so clearly there can be no thought of dividing the “one body” into many denominational bodies with different doctrinal teachings, many of which are demonstrably false.

    God’s Church Membership Book
    Luke 10:20:- “Rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.” This is speaking of the Book of Life. Note that this is in the present tense and applies to every blood bought saint of God.

    Philippians 4:3:- “My fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Again it speaks of all believers.

    Revelation 3:5:- “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” As believers in Jesus Christ we are all to be overcomers. There is no thought here of any believer losing their salvation due to a lack of overcoming, important though it is, as that would be a salvation based on grace plus works.

    Revelation 13:8:- “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain.” This primarily refers to unbelieving Jews and Gentiles in the Tribulation period.
    Revelation 17:8:- As above.

    Revelation 21:27:- “But there shall by no means enter it (the New Jerusalem) anything that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lambs Book of Life.”

    Revelation 22: 19:- “And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life.” This is sometimes translated as “Tree of Life” but the former is said to be the best translation.
    How very vital it is that those of us who teach on this subject must be very careful not to add to, or take away anything from this book. This is especially challenging when you consider the multitudes of teachings in relation to this subject. This principle is also found throughout the Bible.

    Revelation 20:11-15:- “— And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

    There is no other Church Membership Book mentioned in the Word of God but if you can find one please let me know.
    By contrast the Scriptures quoted above should clearly convict all who practice denominational membership, that it is against the direct desire of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are instructed to “— walk worthily of the Lord, fully pleasing Him —.” Colossians 1:10. Can we be fully pleasing Him when we go against His express wishes for His Church? It is His Church, not ours. If I was to join a denomination, I believe it would be disobedience, which can only be called by its rightful name of “sin?”

  • I’m an Anglican but of the charismatic evangelical persuasion 🙂

  • Russell E Bennett

    I grew up predominantly of the Baptist denomination and proud of it.I do not like the religious nature of all the denominations. I am a Word man. Teaching the Bible as it is to people where they are.

  • Pastor Mike Murray

    I’ve been a Congregationalist all my life, and have Pastored Congregational Churches for almost 35 years.

    Howevef, my training was in a Southern Baptist school
    (Gardner Webb)in North Carolina.

    I Identify withthe Baptists,and not the liberal
    congregationalism. The Holy Spirit told me He wanted
    me to stay in the Congregational Churches, to be “salt
    and light” to them.

    Brothers and Sisters, let us pray for Revival for our
    Churches and America!

    Blessings,
    Mike

  • I have been a Baptist all my life, but I also go to other churches they are different with praise and worship.

  • mutiso joseph

    I was brought up in Islam but at the age of 27 I got born again and joined an Anglican Church though after a few years I joined Redeemed Gospel Church which is a pentecostal ministry.Right now I am a Pastor heading a Church,a teacher of the word and also operating as an Apostolic Pastor planting Churches in our country (Kenya).I enjoy grounding people in the word of God.

  • Edward Musonda

    Appreciate the way teachings are presented and how members relate to one another.

  • Ryan Nemaramba

    I am full time Pentecostal.I grew up as a Catholic but I gave my life to the Lord in 2002

  • Byansi James Peterson

    I am a pentecostal pastor and i love the word of God,the power of the Holy Spirit moving while healing the sick,oppressed and giving us the illumination to know the truth that is written in the scriptures.
    I love the LORD JESUS who is the life giving Spirit who came to save the world.

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