Blessed Assurance, Part II

In yesterday’s post, I discussed the evangelism attempts of some Christians that I know and the way that they insist they are right. Just for arguments sake let’s say I change my mind. I agree with them and ‘see the light’. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, and all that jazz. I was wrong, to even question God at all, as his ways are not my ways and his thoughts not my thoughts. I take it all back and I believe in Jesus Christ now. I appreciate all of your help but I have one final question for you:

Which denomination should I join?

I have to ask, as there are so many within Christianity. And even under the umbrella of Christendom, people cannot agree on what the ‘true’ faith is and on which Christians will make it into heaven. In the past, I’ve had Catholics tell me that there is no salvation apart from the ‘Mother Church’ and that Protestants who want to please Jesus must ‘come home to Rome’. When my Mama studied with Jehovah’s Witnesses in the late 1980s, they told us that all mainstream churches were corrupt and only their sect had the truth. A few years later as a Baptist, I was taught to fear and stay away from those Pentecostals, as they had misinterpreted the Bible when it came speaking in tongues and were too obsessed with ‘catching’ the Holy Spirit. The pastor at the non-denominational church I attended for nine months(much to the chagrin of my family) viewed any church which did not adhere to strict Calvinism and embrace all points of TULIP as heretical, worthy of God’s judgment for spreading false teaching.

It doesn’t stop there. We still have the Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventist, Church of Christ, Assemblies of God, Unitarians, Quakers, various Eastern Orthodox churches, various Evangelicals,etc. The list goes on and on.  They all supposedly worship the same God-yet come up with wildly differing interpretations of how to follow and please him.  The hostility that some denominations show to other Christians rivals the hostility that is shown to other religions! Yet each and every one boldly asserts that they know ‘the truth’ and that those who dispute them-even other Christians-will be unsaved.   With all of these divisions within Christianity itself, with all of the hate and the dissent that exists between different sects, with all of the competing claims, how can you expect nonbelievers to listen to you and take you seriously? How can I take your claims seriously when you can’t even agree with each other?

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