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Denominationalism is the fleshly plan

God’s plan for mankind is ridiculous to a sinful world (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 6:1-6) so we must have an undeniable faith in his truth (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 11:6).

Godliness is our new world and God’s Word teaches us what we need to know (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Doing what is natural to the flesh is guaranteed to violate God’s will (Matthew 5:27-48).

Men rejected Christ because they interpreted his spiritual messages through fleshly filters (John 6:41-71). Nothing has changed since. In the Church, we see this fleshly versus spiritual conflict very clearly.

When we reject God’s message, Satan fills the void (1 Peter 5:8; Job 1; John 8:44). Fleshly thinking morphs into humanism when Satan offers an alternative to God’s truth (Genesis 3:1-5).

Jesus’s one Church (Matthew 16:18), one way (John 14:6) and one truth (John 12:48) is narrow-minded and arrogant to the flesh. Why require one path when people are so different? Why not allow everyone to find their own way?

Denominationalism or universalism is inevitable when feelings and self-esteem transcend everything else. Diversity must triumph since we’re all unique. Turning someone away damages their self-esteem.

Some try to mix the spiritual with the fleshly by mixing the appearance of Christianity with a large dose of humanism.¬†Brethren should know better than to fall into Satan’s trap.

God’s superior to human hearts and feelings and he exemplifies righteousness (Deuteronomy 32:4). Be humble and trust him to carry out his plan since he knows more than we do (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:7-12).

The singularity of the church makes perfect sense spiritually because it focuses on God rather than humanism. Christ is the supreme Lord (John 1:1-5) and we must obey him to be saved (John 12:48; 14:15). The Messiah came to save men’s souls, not to salve their wounded egos.

Jesus will never chase men to compromise his truth (John 6:60-71). If everyone rejects God, he will persevere without us (Matthew 3:9; Acts 17:25).

Providing false hope to the lost isn’t loving, it’s hatred in its purest form. Political correctness loves smugness more than souls. Satan hates while God loves (1 John 4:8).

Do we fear the acrimony of men more than the Word of God? (Jeremiah 1:8). If so, we will find hell more comfortable than the courage and faith required to make it to heaven.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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