Ask the Pastor
Are denominations important?
For the most part, I think denominations are a good thing. In a world without sin, the church would be one visible body having no disagreements or divisions. But we live in a fallen world and congregate with sinners. Even the best of men differ on their interpretations of Scripture. Those who deviate from the truth on essential points of doctrine, such as Christ’s deity or justification by faith, are not Christians. But those who differ on non-essential points of doctrine are simply Christians who disagree. Should they congregate together and dissipate their energy wrestling over non-essential matters? Some do, but most do not. Rather than endure the bitterness of continual infighting, God has ordained there to be different branches or denominations of the true church. Believers may situate themselves in the communion that most closely agrees with their own convictions. This frees them up to rejoice with and benefit from believers of different convictions regarding non-essential matters while striving to maintain the unity of the church. The differences are important but secondary, so we consider each other members of the church invisible while we work and serve in our respective visible churches. I am thankful that the different denominations provide a temporary solution to the problem of incredible diversity among redeemed but fallen followers of Christ. As long as we see in a mirror dimly, we will need these kinds of concessions to maintain a peaceful, productive, diverse church.
This new series is to address current issues and questions in modern evangelicalism. If you have a question feel free to submit it in the comment section below or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope this is helpful and look forward to addressing your concerns & questions.
Pastor Scott Wright