I invited Billie Brewer as a guest blogger and I hope you enjoy what he has written. Any and all comments will be appreciated.
‘Are You A Christian?’ By Guest Blogger Billie Brewer
I am a Christian. I was born into a Christian family. My family is also Southern Baptist. I have served on staff in several Southern Baptist churches. Does that mean I’m a Southern Baptist?
Not in the least. If Christians have messed up one thing in the history of the Church, it is the mess they have made with denominations. One might argue that denominations are vital and important to church life. I submit just the opposite. No where in the Bible are denominations mentioned, hinted at or recommended. For the Christian, the Bible is the most important tool we have.
In Ephesians 6 we are told to put on the defensive armor of God. The only offensive weapon the Believer has is the Bible! Too many Christians and churches have laid the Bible down and picked up the man-made by-laws and constitutions of their denominations and sects, and associations and have made them the rules to follow. The result is division by denomination, dissention among themselves and complete dishonor of God and His Word.
Believers are instructed in Matthew 28:19-20 to go and make disciples of the world—Not Baptists, not Methodists, not Pentecostals, not Presbyterians—DISCIPLES! Do I attend a Southern Baptist church? Most of the time, yes. Am I a Southern Baptist? No, I am a Christian, and my responsibility to my Savior is to make disciples, not denominations.
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