Non-denominational Labels

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Cartoon by Dave Walker.
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I really resonate with this cartoon. I get so tired of non-denominational labels like Evangelical, Charismatic, Conservative, Liberal and the like. These words really bring confusion rather than clarity. If there is something good that can come from a denominational label ... and I think there is ... it is the idea of unity around the essentials. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
In essentials, unity; in differences, liberty; in all things, charity. -- Philipp Melanchthon
Denominations have the ability to bring clarity and define what they believe to be the essentials of faith. That said, it also needs to be said that denominational members might not agree on these essentials and might try to reform the denom from within or simply stick with the denom in spite of the essential differences.

In retrospect I really don't know why I wrote this ... I am a nondenom kind of guy you know :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm growing more and more away from the label thing. I like what Danny Sims had on his blog today:

    "I often wonder if what I think I know about God has not become my greatest stumbling block to really knowing God."

    The curse of the denoms.



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