Sunday, May 29, 2011

Denominational Differences?

My friend and I have been discussing the differences in the Presbyterian denomination. Changes to the PCUSA have brought about a possible choice for change in our local church. Some of the options include switching to the EPC (Evangelical Presby) or the PCA, at least these are the ones we’ve talked about. I have begun researching at least five other branches.

While I won’t delve into the details, I find it surprising that one denomination has such disparity in its approach to biblical authority (liberal, moderate and conservative). When one says, I’m a Presbyterian, it’s not enough to simply say that but one should identify what branch to give a clearer picture of what it means to be a Presbyterian.

This has all led me to think about other denominations as well – do all “branches” of the faith have their own separate branches with differing viewpoints.

Is this what Jesus intended when he created the church? Surely not.


  1. I left a PCUSA church years ago for other reasons, but I'll certainly never return now. No, it isn't what Jesus intended for the church, or at least for the true church, but it seems more and more important for us to be good "Bereans", as it seems that apostasy is rampant in these times (2 Timothy 4:2-5), and we must contend for the faith. "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." Col. 2:8

  2. Jenny - I joined that church because it's where my husband has always gone. After researching PCUSA, I have definitely decided I wouldn't have chose it one my own. April

  3. I am Catholic and I have to say even in our church, there are levels. We like to refer to those that strong in their faith, Cradle Catholics... they follow the church in whatever direction it goes.

    Where as my husband and I have left a few times over issues not related to the church at all, but how the church is being run.


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