John 3:16 and The Correct Denomination
Updated: Jun 19
June 16, 2020
Do you ever wonder what denomination of the Christian religion is the correct denomination? For as long as I can remember I have always gone to a Free Will Baptist Church. As I grew into a teenager I realized that Free Will Baptist was one of many types of Baptist Churches, but I also learned that there is a lot of different kinds of denominations of the Christian faith. Each church has its own way of doing things. But which one is the correct one? Well, first let me say I don't think that a correct denomination actually exists. Are you hooked yet or are you ready to leave? I got to thinking about a scripture that I learned by heart in Sunday School. John 3:16. I have heard and said this Bible verse so much that I think I actually got to a point of just reciting it and not grasping the meaning and the power of this verse.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -John 3:16 (KJV)
WOW! How powerful is this verse that even most non-Christians know by heart? The Bible teaches us that "WHOSOEVER" believes in Christ will have everlasting life. This verse got me thinking about all those different denominations. If Jesus died to cover the sins of all people then which Church is the right church? That is just it. Christians are not perfect and different denominations and non-denomination Churches exist because people don't always think the same when it comes to the meaning of some verses. But nevertheless for the most part Christians tend to agree with each other. When Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount it is likely he didn't have a Church building with a denomination written above the door. The main reason why we have so many different denominations is because of a disagreement, therefore creating a break or split in that denomination. Here is a brief timeline: Roman Catholic Church which splits into The Eastern and Western Churches. From the Western Church a break creating the Lutheran Church then the Presbyterian Church. The Baptist is next in line followed by the methodists then the Adventists. Then the Pentecostals and Non-Denominational Churches. Of course, this isn't all the denominations or sub-denominations but you get the idea. Regardless of our differences the things that all Christians believe are that Jesus Christ is the true Son of God. That he was born of the virgin Mary. Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins and he resurrected from the dead. We also believe that He will return to take us to be with Him at some point. Okay, so I guess it is time to really get to the point of this blog post. As I have already stated no denomination is the "correct" denomination. Jesus died and paid the price for "WHOSOEVER" believes in Him. All Christians are the Church. The one Church together. Jesus said:
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." -Matthew 18:20 (KJV)
A very important part of scripture. This verse means that a Free Will Baptist, Pentecostal, and Methodist even though having differences in their Christian faith can come together in the name of Jesus and Jesus will be in the midst of them. It is really talking about two or three people who have the holy spirit in them. Since all three the Free Will Baptist, the Pentecostal, and the Methodist are Christians all three have the holy spirit it doesn't matter their denominational differences.
"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." -Romans 12:5 (KJV)
God wants Christians (the Church) to be in unity. Paul addresses this in Ephesians chapter four. He writes:
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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." -Ephesians 4: 4-6 (KJV)
Paul is telling us that we are the body of Christ and Jesus is the head. We each play an important part in the body of Christ. We all have been given different talents. But our gifts together work to make up the body of Christ.
In today's time, we need to stop caring about the name or denominational differences of our Churches and become as one body of Christ. With one goal -- to see souls saved before it is too late. Satan loves division, especially with Christians. It seems every time I get on Facebook, I can see the testimonies being tainted of Christians just simply because of a political post, or a Facebook argument. A post with not so nice words or photos. I myself am no stranger to this, I am guilty. I have posted a political post and I have commented on the post which sometimes has to lead to a Facebook war. I then have to delete it off to prevent any hard feelings or another Facebook war. Everyone has a right to their options. But remember those who are lost are watching your every post. They hear your every word. They see your every move. You are indirectly witnessing to them.
Thank God that Jesus died to save WHOSOEVER believes in Him and not one single denomination. It does not matter the sin you have committed or the color of your skin. It does not matter the language you speak or the job you work. It does not matter the amount of money you have or the car you drive.
Let our lights shine day and night. Let us be slow to anger. Let our Facebook post be reflective of a true Christian. Let us not judge our brothers and sisters, but come together to help those who need the Lord. May God bless y'all; is our prayer.
As always remember to PYD - Pursue Your Dreams and Be Kind To Your Neighbor! -Mr. P