A lot of people say that denominationalism is good because you can look for a church that suits you — one that you connect with. However, we are going to see that the existence of denominationalism cheapens the price of the Lord’s church.
Jesus promised to build the church in Matthew 16:18 and it was established in Acts 2:38, 41, 47. However, He not only built the church, but it was “… purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). Ephesians 5:23 furthermore says that Christ is “the saviour of the body.” He gave Himself for the church (Ephesians 5:25). These facts were preached in the first century (Acts 8:5, 12; 14:22-23; 28:23, 31). You simply cannot separate Christ from the church. He is the head of it (Ephesians 1:22-23). These few facts help us to see what denominationalism does to the church. Something is valuable when there is very little of it. Said another way, scarcity denotes importance.
Denominations say that literally thousands of different “faiths” or churches can rightly be called the Lord’s church. However, this cheapens the church because even if someone were honestly looking and found the church of the New Testament, they are apt to think, “It’s just one among many.” The church is precious and steadfastly holding to the concept of the one true church elevates it to its proper place before men.
The best approach is to go back to the Bible and follow it. This is our desire and we would love the opportunity to show you what the Bible teaches about the supreme value of the Lord’s church and what membership in it truly means.