Why do so many Christian denominations exist?

Not all denominations speak and teach the same things of God (see 1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17).  Not all hold to and confess the same doctrine.  Denominationalism, so called, is not a recent phenomenon.  Divisions have always existed in Christendom, namely because not all hold to the truth of Christ (John 14:6).  Especially today, not all who call themselves Christian truly are, for not all believe God’s Word, the Bible.  For Christians, however, God’s Word alone is sufficient, and what God says is what Christians believe, even apart from human and worldly elements.  “He who is of God hears God’s words” (John 8:47), even God’s Son—Jesus.

 

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What is the Gospel?

The Bible teaches that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  This is the Law of God, which convicts everyone, no one excluded, of sin (Romans 3:10, 20).  But the Good News, the Gospel, is this, that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, 1 John 2:1-2).  Jesus’ death on the cross means forgiveness of sins before God, peace with God, and eternal life, and not because of what one does or how one lives (Ephesians 2:8-9).  This is the Gospel.

Why should I go to church?

The Lord would have His people be where He is.  So Jesus says, “Where I am, there My servant will be” (John 12:26).  Many do indeed go to church, but for all the wrong reasons—to be seen by others, “that’s where I was baptized, confirmed, and married,” to feel good about themselves, etc.  But the real reason for attending God’s house is to hear His Word, to receive the forgiveness of sins, and to partake of Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 10:16).  He who is of God hears God’s words (John 8:47).  He who does not is not of God.

What should I look for in a church?

Whether or not you are currently a member of a congregation or are looking for a new church home,  essential considerations are: Faithfulness to the Bible, and not to any opinion or speculation about the Bible.  All teaching and preaching must be in agreement with the Bible.  The preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God forgives sins only because of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and rose from the dead, not because of anything we do.  Christian practice.  Christian worship and practice confesses God and what He has freely done and gives in Christ.

Speaking in tongues

Does speaking in tongues happen today as it did in biblical times? If so, then why don’t you see it in the Lutheran Church? If not, why not? Also, how are we to understand Christians that are ecstatic about some kind of revelation/joy experienced by them that they say proves to them that God’s love is directing their life?

SpeakingInTongues.pdf

What is the origin of evil?

From where does evil come? If God created everything good, and if God is good, then how did evil come into the world? Since evil does exist, and God doesn’t stop it, does this mean that God is not all-powerful?

Origin of Evil.pdf

Christianity and evolution

What’s so ‘bad’ about believing evolution? Can I still be a Christian and hold to what current popular scientists teach to be true concerning man’s origin?

Consequence of Believing Evolution.pdf

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