Their church, your church, his church, her church, this church, that church. There are thousands of churches to choose from and they all have these things in common. None are listed in the Bible, they are all man made and are all sects. A sect, a denomination, a division are all one in the same. Sectarianism is sin because they are named apart from the body of Christ and what is not of Christ is sin. Christ is not building sects, He is building His church, the body of Christ.
In (Matthew 16:18) Jesus was speaking to Peter and referring to Himself said “On this rock I shall build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (NKJV). It is not wrong to build a building to meet in but it is wrong to name yourselves apart from the body of Christ with names such as so-n-so “Bible Church” or “First Church of Christ” or so-n-so “Pentecostal Church.” Those are all man made and not all the members are saved. His Church is made up of saved sinners and only He can add to it. Only by repentance of sin and belief in Him will anyone be added to His Church.
Acts 2:40-46 tells us that sinners who received His Word were added to His Church, anyone saved or not can join a sect, but all members of His Church (the body of Christ) are saved. Jesus said: “Where ever two or three are gathered in My Name I am in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NKJV).
In Who’s name? The apostle Paul instructed us to do all we do in word or deed in His name (Colossians 3:17). “All scripture was given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV). There is no instruction to name ourselves apart from Christ because it is sin and sin is not righteous and does not glorify Christ.
What is wrong with the name of Christ that you would choose another name? Did He die for you or someone else? Give Him the glory he deserves! The apostle Paul rebuked the Corinthians for dividing themselves. One was saying “I am of Paul,” another, “I am of Apollos,” another, “I am of Cephas.” Some used Christ as a party name to distinguish themselves in a divisive way as if to say WE are THE Church of Christ. They were divided just as many Christians are today, but Christ is not divided. We are to all speak the same thing but all sects teach something contrary to each other and to God’s Word. Paul called these sectarian Christians “carnal babies.” (1 Corinthians 1:10-12, 3:1-4).
If you desire to meet in His name and are now with a sect, talk to your pastor and ask him to drop the sectarian name and follow Paul’s instruction in Colossians.
-John Vander Bloomen,