August 11, 2022

Non denominational Churches

 

Meaning of Non-Denominational

Denomination is defined as a class, group or society of individuals, called by the same name.Church denomination is a group of religious organization who have the same beliefs and are faithful to their faith. There are over 40,000 different Christian denominations, however, research has shown that there are really three main branches: Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. 50% make up the Catholics believers, 39% are Protestants and 11% make up the Orthodox believers .

 

Coming to the non-Denominational Churches they are Christain believers who do not belong to any religion.They usually seperate themselves from other Christain belief and tradition. Unlike the denominational churches that have their particular belief and way of worship,non denominational do not belong to any category of religion.

 

The non denominational churches are formed by pastors and clergymen,they operate on a standard and unique system.They establish this churches to practice a unique standard of Christain worship. There is a close relationship between the non denominational churches and the Protestants in terms of worship and beliefs and some traditional adjustments.They have some similar Christain practices to that of the denominational churches. Some of the Protestant denominations have common Christain practices which includes Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian,Lutheran.

 

As earlier stated these churches were formed by individuals with the aim of having a unique Christain practice.

 

Below are some non denominational churches;

 

1.Independent Christian Churches: This church has a common belief with the Churches of Christ, they also make use of instruments during worship. They believe in the restoration of Christain practices and also support the teaching of christ.

 

2.Churches of Christ: These group are district in their beliefs,the bible is always their source of faith and beliefs.Their baptism is usually at the adult stage and they’re ruled by some norminated church leaders.The church of christ also have weekly services and practice weekly Communion service.Their most unique practices includes their special way of worship and singing which is done by the acapella choristers.

 

3.Hope Haven: Hope Haven was established in Iowa in the year 1964,they are concerned in assisting people. Their goal is to help the disabled.They assist the disabled and less privileged with jobs and personal need,health assistance, religious support,financial needs and other needs.

 

Advantage and disadvantage of Non-Denominational Churches

 

Advantages

The idea of becoming independent might lead to self righteousness and formation of personal beliefs and faith that suit their way of life.Compromising Christ teaching is likely to occur.

This makes it easier for people to stray from the standard Christain practice and adapt to the present worldly style of worship.

This category of churches are more likely to switch to modern way of worship that doesn’t conform to Christ teaching.

 

Disadvantages

They might fall off track when it comes to religious standard and principles unlike other denomination. The disparity of Christain brethren leads to confusion and segregation in terms of theological practice and interpretations including how they view things religiously.

Boston University theology scholar Stephen Prothero speaks againt non denominationalism.It says that they tend to neglect the main purpose of theological and religious practices which brought about the unity that exist among Christains.

 

Scriptures that talks about non-denominational churches.

 

1.Acts 2:42

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

 

  1. 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

 

3.1 Corinthians 10:1-33

For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness

 

4.Luke 9:49-50

John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you

 

5.John 4:1-54

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. …

 

6.Matthew 16:18

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 

7.1 Thessalonians 2:13

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

 

8.John 16:13

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

Reference

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.christianity.com/church/denominations/what-are-non-denominational-churches-meaning-examples.html%3famp=1

https://c3naples.org/about/non-denominational/

https://www.openbible.info/topics/nondenominational_church

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