JOINING A DENOMINATION? by steve finnell
What are the spiritual benefits of joining a denominational church?
1. Joining a denominational church does not bestow forgiveness of sins.
2. Joining a denomination does not grant you admission into the body of Christ.
3. Joining a denomination does not save anyone.
4. Joining a denomination does not make you part of the kingdom of God on earth.
The Scriptures do not speak of joining a denomination; nor do they tell us to join any church.
The Lord adds the saved to His church. You cannot join the Lord's church. You cannot buy your way into the Lord's church. You cannot inherit membership in the the Lord's church.
THE LORD ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH!
Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
WHY WERE THEY BEING SAVED, AND ADDED TO THE CHURCH BY THE LORD HIMSELF?
A. They were being added because they believed the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:29-32)
B. They were being added because they accepted Jesus as Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)
C. They were being added because they obeyed the apostle Peter's command to repent and be baptized in water. (Acts 2:27-38)
D. They were being added to the church because they believed Peter's word and were baptized. (Acts 2:40-41)
The 3000 on the Day of Pentecost were added to the church by the Lord, because they were saved!
THEY DID NOT JOIN A DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH NOR WAS ANY CHRISTIAN IN THE FIRST CENTURY EVER TOLD TO JOIN ANY CHURCH OF ANY KIND!
THE LORD ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH, YOU CANNOT JOIN IT!