This past weekend I was gisting with a friend and she mentioned that in their church, a 99 year old woman gave birth to a child, I was like wow; when did this happen? Why was it not publicized? She then said how will you know when you are attending (name withheld) church. She said her church is where power and miracles happen.
Prior to that day, I attended one church prayer meeting and one of the prayer points was that “Let new comers not leave the church”.
All this is good but my grouse is that, sometimes we are too concerned about a person’s denomination and not concerned about the person’s spiritual state.
I really wish that Christians and Churches won’t be so bothered about the size of their church or the number of their members but be more concerned about whether or not a person is truly in Christ.
Sometimes we Christians can be so denominational, we feel like because I go to this church; then I’m a better Christian than you are. See what Paul had to say when the church was fighting over who was superior between He and Apollos. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (NIV)
It’s not important who did the planting or the sowing, what is important is that people are won over to the Lord. I wish we can be more united rather looking for which denomination is better or superior.
I have also noticed that we use denominations to gauge a person’s level of Christianity, for example, I ask you what church you belong to so I can know how much of a Christian you are. All this is wrong. A person’s church doesn’t determine their level of spirituality. In fact the devil doesn’t even mind it, if you attend church regularly, what he’s concerned about is the state of your heart/mind.
As long as you are a follower of Christ, and you believe in the Lord Jesus we are all family; brothers and sisters in Christ.
I believe if Christians are more united, winning souls for Christ would be much easier the devil would be no match for us. But disagreements over church rituals, dressing and believes has set the Church against themselves, when we are supposed to come together, afterall we have one enemy.
Before you ask the next person what denomination he/she belongs to, be sure to find out he/she personal stand in Christ.
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church