Thinking Out Loud

September 3, 2009

Does Your Denominational Label Describe Who You Are?

Filed under: Christian, theology — Tags: , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:16 pm

Denominational Wordle

Yesterday in the comments section Kaybee hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head with this:

“…Not sure what to call myself: Christian, of course; disciple of Christ; believer in, follower of, Jesus; born-again….

“Maybe that should be the next question you ask, Paul: ‘Does your denomination/church name describe who/what you are (ie: evangelical, reformed, pentecostal?) Or do you have an alternative label?'”

OK!  I’ll take the bait.   Maybe your form of compromise on this involves a hyphen (Post-Charismatic, Anglo-Catholic) or an amalgam (Bapticostal, Methodistmatic).  (I made the last one up.)   Or maybe, following what must be an increasing trend, your spouse worships somewhere completely different from where you attend weekend services.

Do you buy in on everything your church officially stands for?   Are you a Reformer who has reservations about limited atonement?   An Assemblies of God member who believes in tongues, but not as the sole manifestation of the fullness of the Holy Spirit?   A Roman Catholic who isn’t so sure about transubstantiation?

And what if you’re the pastor?   Is there a problem if the leader of the flock doesn’t buy in on the official statement of faith?    Can he/she have a public position on doctrines different from his/her private position?

I know that the comments-to-stats ratio on this blog is rather low.   I attribute that to the way I so eloquently present everything — I mean, what’s to add?   But now here’s one you can really sink your teeth into.   C’mon, you know you want to…

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  1. No, my denomination doesn’t describe who/what I am. I attend/work for a Lutheran church but don’t believe an infant is born-again through baptism (actually don’t hold to paedobaptism at all!)and don’t believe Jesus is physically present in Holy Communion. They even employed me knowing these things…! Still feel most comfortable with the simple label of “Christian.” Everything else is too loaded.

    Comment by Amy Winnington — September 3, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

  2. Amy,

    Thank goodness they don’t read my blog!

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 3, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    • ’tis okay…wouldn’t be worried about them reading my post. We each know where the other stands! :)

      Comment by aemes1 — September 3, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  3. If i were the devil,and i wanted to find a way to divide people and dilute the power of “the christian church”, i would water down the doctrine with politically correct niceities give people labels ,cause there to be lots of boards ,panels and councils,bylaws, and standards ,just to make some people feel more religious than others ,and at the same time cause others, who would come ,not to for fear of judgement. I would make sure people believed that they had to earn their salvation only after uttering nothing more than a simple prayer.Making sure that baptism (full immersion ,thus putting on christ)was not taught as a requirementmk 16:16,1 peter 3:21,acts 2:38 nor baptism of the holy ghost,romans8:9,acts2:4. if i wanted to break down the collective power of (the body of chhrist)the church , i would also make sure people believed that it didn’t matter what church people went to on a regular basis, if at all since , AFTER ALL the banner christian encompasses any form of protestant or otherwise, since christ is in the name . teaching that having salt isn’t really neccesary , you might offend someone , then , have blood on your hands .and if i were the devil i would absolutely make sure that people didnt know that christ is god IS 9:6,7 ,that he is both lord and christ , that he is the the fullness of the godhead bodily,and that a person must wear the name of christ the way a bride wears her husbands name and the way a child wears the name of their father,to be truly effective the devil would also make sure that god real name not be discovered ,the name of god is not,father, or son , or holy ghost THE NAME OF GOD IS JESUS!

    Comment by mickfizz — September 6, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

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