IF THERE ARE OBJECTIVE BIBLE DOCTRINES WHY DO CHURCHES HAVE DIFFERENT BELIEFS? WHY DON’T ALL CHURCHES BELIEVE THE SAME THING?

 

There is not one magic bullet to resolve this question. Here are just some factors as I  see it.

  1. First, we do well to avoid what let’s call the perfection snare. If all do not believe that the earth is round, does that make it any less true? If all elementary school students do not accept a school policy, does that make it any less true? If some employees don’t agree with company policies, does that invalidate them?
  2. Protestantism broke away from the Catholic church under Martin Luther and the Reformers (16th century AD). They differed on whether the church/ pope  or the Bible should be the final authority.
    1. First, we do well to avoid what let’s call the perfection snare. If all do not believe that the earth is round, does that make it any less true? If all elementary school students do not accept a school policy, does that make it any less true? If some employees don’t agree with company policies, does that invalidate them?
  3. I believe God wants diversity and variety in non-essential matters (type of music, dress, hair length, worship, church polity and leadership structure). There are about 38,000 denominations worldwide according to Operation World. “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” -old saint.
  4. Some believers prefer formal worship; others want more informal, some happy-clappy. Different groups give prominence to different Bible truths.
  5. Mans’ fallen nature plays a big role. Some churches are founded by more mature leaders than others. Focuses vary: systematic theologies vary, evangelism, foreign missions or reaching a particular sub-culture (bikers, native Indians, inner city, mobile home parks).
  6. False teachers and cults can lead those astray that don’t know the Bible well.(1 Cor 1.18; 2.14).
  7.  Satan is the father of  lies and a deceiver. His agents confuse some churches with distractions and lies.
  8. In other religions various branches exist also. In Islam there are: Sunnis, Shi’a, Sufism, Ibadi, Ahmadiyya. In Hinduism there are Salvism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism. These are just the major branches.
  9. New churches without  tradition are tempted to get caught up in passing fads including  new doctrines.
  10. No single has all the strengths and no weaknesses. God may raise up different groups for different ministries. Doctrinal emphases accompany these.
  11. There has long been a parade of church differences from conservative to liberal. Viewing this  in the context of John 3 – Nicodemus and Jesus:   some churches might be called “Jesus” churches. He preached the New Birth, salvation, to lost Nicodemus (Jn 3.3,7). Other churches reflect Nicodemus’s perspective in John 3. He did not understand the New Birth, aka salvation. He asked Jesus, “How can these things be?” (v-9)  (Jn 3.4,10).

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