The following list of prominent and current denominations present their beliefs and practices according to their own words with some neutral sources (i.e. “Handbook of Denominations”). For each group, these subjects are covered: their history; understanding of God, Christ, the Spirit, and Creation; perception of Christ’s words and the scriptures; way of salvation; church government; worship and assembly; morality (abortion, homosexuality, etc.); marriage and divorce; and perception of the end of times and afterlife.
After studying these again in such great detail, this writer finds that the most shocking is the general support for the freedom choice for abortion. Most church hierarchies are pro-choice. Positions regarding evolution would be the second most shocking. The most common and recurring practice was the similarity of each group forming its own hierarchies for their overall government. Yet, in all this, there is hope and common ground to progress toward being the one Church of Christ Jesus. There is certainly more hope for those under the hierarchies than for those in them.
Introduction: Types of Churches
Methodist (also the Salvation Army)
United (Congregational Reformed)
Mennonite (and Amish)
Holiness (Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Church of God in Christ)
Independent Christian (Christian Churches)
International Churches (Boston Movement)
The class has ended, but these certainly will come to follow:
Church of Christ Scientists
Disciples of Christ (See United Churches above)
Churches of Christ
For each group, these subjects are covered: their history; understanding of God, Christ, the Spirit, and Creation; perception of Christ’s words . A Christian denomination is a distinct religious body within Christianity, identified by traits such as a name, organization and doctrine.
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.
It is certainly virtuous to obey law , but law (new or old) only changes behavior, it does not change consciousness.
Yes by law I meant the guidance that was provided to us by God; not literally following laws as one does man’s laws.
We are not under law and our Christian objective is not become personally obedient to laws but is to become transformed of mind so that those laws reside within our consciousness as a guide and not a law. NT Christians are not under law!!!
Exactly, the law is to be in our hearts.
This is the difference, for sure. The person who lives from the laws that are written on the heart is the one who is in compliance to NT law, and not written law.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Certainly, being written on the heart.
The problem is that people are trying to make God conform to them, instead of obeying God’s laws and changing themselves.
Truer words were never spoken!