The Foundation of Orthodoxy and the Canon
For years, the dispute about what is fact and what is opinion has been present in the church. This debate is seen, in modern day, through the different denominations that are under the Christianity banner. Under the banner of Christianity there are Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Apostolic, Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C), and Lutheran.
Now, even though each of these denominations call themselves Christians, their beliefs about the Christian “kingdom” are different. Some of the differences include Catholics, who believe that you must confess your sins to the priest, even though the Bible, the same bible that all Christians read out of, in the book of 1st Timothy 2:5 says, "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Next, the C.O.G.I.C believers believe that one must “speak in tounges” in order to be consider saved, however the Apostle Paul, in the book of 1st Corinthians 12:6-11, declares that speaking in tounges is “a gift” of the Spirit. It is not the only gift, and not everyone will possess that gift. Therefore, speaking in tounges does not declare that someone is saved. And then there are Seventh-Day Adventists, who hold their church services on Saturday, as opposed to the normal Sunday services that most Christians hold their services on.
Now, I worship in a Baptist church, mainly because that is the denomination that I was raised in, but whenever I am asked about my faith, all I say is Christian. Growing up, I have always been reared in churches that believe that “if it is in the Bible” then we practice it. My earliest memories of church are seeing people shout and praise God. Thus, that was all I ever knew about church. It wasn’t until I got older, and began interacting with other denominations that I began to see how other denominational teachings were different from what I was raised in.
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