Denny answers:The denominations have different beliefs on certain issues.
Many of the different denominations in Christianity (Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Nazarene, etc.) came about because of something that happened in the 15th century. At that time, a Roman Catholic priest named Martin Luther broke away from Catholicism after failing to ‘reform’ some wrong things in the Church. This is where we get the term “Reformation.” Since the beginning of the Reformation, many different denominations have appeared.
Christian people attend different churches and denominations, mostly because they are comfortable with the people they meet there, the type of preaching, or the style of worship. Different churches offer lots of variety in music and worship styles and this is fine. But all denominations that claim to be Christian must be united in one thing—truth. The only source of truth is the Bible, God’s Word to us.
Whatever denomination our families attend, we are still to love other Christians in different churches and to be “one” with them in loving and obeying Jesus.
Go back to:
- “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5).
- “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
- “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).