10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I have actually gotten a few messages asking if I’m okay. Well, I didn’t start this series to post in it fifty times a day. I actually said in the introduction post that I’d space them out. I hadn’t been doing that. So I posted a bunch in the course of a week, then abruptly stopped. Not because I ran out of ideas, I simply had writer’s block. I’d been planning this topic since before I stopped, even telling someone in a comment that I would be covering this. But then every time I sat down to write, my mind would go blank. I hate writer’s block. I couldn’t even work on my novel.
Anyway, as the opening verse points out, we’re called to be joined together as one. Denominations are unscriptural. I go to a Baptist church, but I do not consider myself a Baptist. Because I don’t go by what my pastor says, I go by what the Bible says. I am a Christian. Most people ask “Which denomination is correct?”. Which ever ones accept that Jesus is the Son of God and that He’s the only way into Heaven. There’s going to be little differences between different churches, but as long as the core is the same throughout, there is nothing wrong with going to a Baptist church or Methodist or Lutheran or [fill in the blank].
Update on 4 September 2023
This is basically just expanding on the idea of the last paragraph. As I've stated elsewhere on this site, I grew up in Texas attending Church of Christ. Then in 2014, I moved to Ohio and attended a Baptist Church. Now I live in San Francisco and attend an Assembly of God (a. k. a. Pentacostal). All three denominations are wildly different from each other. And yet, they're all correct. Because the only thing that matters is the core of Christianity; that Jesus is the Son of God, was crucified for our sins, was buried, and resurrected on the third day. Everything else is just details. Music or no music? Coffee in the lobby or no? Allow hats to be worn in the building or no? All unimportant when it comes down to it. So it's really about finding the congregation you feel most comfortable with. Where do you feel most called to, the most connection with? Whichever one is right for you is up for you to decide.