The Changing Denominations: A Change of Doctrine

“Community churches” downplay doctrinal differences. When one enters the world of the “community church,” he leaves the concepts of right and wrong behind. The doctrinal distinctions that once stood at the very heart of denominational identity have largely disappeared from almost every denomination. Doctrinal differences simply are not conducive to “largeness,” and this is the main preoccupation in the “community church” environment.

“Community churches” advocate the theory that there are Christians in all denominations. While “community churches” may tout that they are “undenominational” or “nondenominational,” the real truth is that they are “multidenominational.” That is, they cross all sectarian and religious lines to find their adherents. This is a rejection of the New Testament pattern which says there is just one church (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:20; Ephesians 4:4).

“Community churches” follow the pattern of other “community churches” and not the pattern found in the New Testament. Rather than looking into the Bible for a pattern of the church, aspiring “community churches” learn the tips and techniques of the “mega-church” paradigm like Lakewood, North Point, and Saddleback. Associations have also been formed which provide trainers in the methods of successful “community churches.” Is this pleasing to God or man (Galatians 1:10)? Is this honoring the Lord who built His church with His own blood (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)?

Kyle Campbell

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