Originally posted by RJHinds
It is only a matter of perspective my friend. It is like saying that the glass is half empty or half full. Christian denominations reflect that Christ's Church on Earth is made up of wheat and chaff and will countinue that way until the harvest.
The true Church is made up of wheat, and wheat only. The congregations that make up your every Sunday churches? Well that's a different story altogether, as you know, my friend!
I don't mind the multiple denominations, as long as each denomination is grounded wholly and explicitly to what it contained in the bible. No book, bible, whatever, could possibly say what to do any any possible situation so there comes the "fragmentation."
I myself hold tight and fast to the Reformed Christian Doctrine mostly because of my own personal experiences. Everything contained within that doctrine rings completely true to me. It is the one denomination, in my opinion, above all, that holds Scripture and logic as its 2 principle tenets; read the Scriptures in their entirety and context; then conclude using logic, what is correct.
For example: If God is truly what all Christian denominations say... omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, knowing everything that ever happened and everything that ever will happen... then it is logical--put those emotions and wishes aside--to conclude that everything ever done and everything that ever will be done, is done with His divine permission and blessing. Yes, that opens up a huge can of worms so I'll add to it (in preparation for those imminent attacks as a disclaimer) that part of God's blessing can also be a curse.. and we are indeed, if the bible is true, living under the greatest curses of curses and will until that great and terrible day Jesus spoke about. Reformed Theology teaches this but most other denominations are bitter against this teaching... it's too "cold" for them to brace it. Too "cold" to imagine that all of this--good or bad--works toward the pleasure of our completely sovereign Lord.
Getting back to the subject of denominations. There is no problem with competing doctrines, as long as we are competing with each other over the secondary stuff that the bible doesn't explicitly cover.