In this episode, Dale and Veronica unpack two questions: The first is on denominations, and the second is on practical steps for furthering your spiritual maturity. In terms of denominations, many people are curious to why there are so many sects in the Christian church—Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, etc. Are denominations sacred or sinful? Do all denominations lead people to heaven? Together, Dale and Veronica look at Scripture to provide answers to these important questions.
Questions Answered in This Episode
- Will all denominations lead people to heaven?
- Outside of reading my Bible and praying how can I mature as a woman of God?
Key Takeaways From This Episode
1. Will all denominations lead people to heaven?
- Though denominations can be helpful in bringing clarity to certain interpretations of doctrine, most denominations have been formed by a sense of certainty of interpretation (pride) and anything other than their interpretation or perspective is wrong and sometimes even heresy.
- Jesus wants His church to be perfectly unified. Why? Because our unity will be the vehicle that convinces the world that God sent Jesus. A divided church brings doubt.
- We need to be cautious to identify ourselves with any other name than Christian. If your loyalty to Calvinism or Lutheranism is more pronounced than your loyalty to Christianity you have a problem.
- Unity doesn’t mean uniformity. Meaning, variety in the body is inevitable (even in the interpretation of doctrine) but we must remain unified on the biblical Gospel—saved by grace through faith in Christ alone. Every Christian denomination must agree on that.
- We need to be very careful about drawing dividing lines and labeling groups of the church. It is not God’s will for His children to be divided.
- So, will all denominations lead people to heaven? It all depends if they are presenting the biblical Gospel or not. If they are, then yes.
2. Outside of reading my Bible and praying, how can I mature as a woman of God?
- God offers us three core ways to grow our relationship with Him: His Word, our relationship with Him through prayer and worship, and to be close with His body—the church—the people of God in your life.
- Most Christians miss the third area of maturity because it requires correction, admonition, exhortation, and even rebuke, which ultimately means it requires humility on our part.
- When you have close relationships with other women of God, your theology has to become real and walked out alongside them.
- Maybe you’re in a community of Christian friends who never tell you the hard truth? Those aren’t friends. The Bible says, “faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” Find a church and a group of women who will lovingly tell you where you’re coming short against Scripture.
- John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”
- 1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
- Philippians 2:2 “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
- Ephesians 4:1-6 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
- Proverbs 9:8-9 “Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
- Proverbs 13:20 “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
- Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.