The Specific Baptismal Traditions Of Your Denomination Do Nothing To Enhance Your Spiritual Standing before God

In one of my most recent posts I criticized many contemporary denominations for organizing church groups around the memory of great theologians and man-made confessions. Christians should not formally identify their churches with anyone other than Christ; they should use only the Bible as a formal standard for doctrine (paraphrases can be used for convenience, but their fallibility should be readily and frequently acknowledged, and they should not be considered permanent or sacred). Luther, Wesley, and Knox, may have been great teachers, but one does not need to identify with them in order to remain true to pure doctrine. In fact, formally identifying your church with them or the confessions they drew up could cause you to overemphasize your differences with other true believers, rather than your unity in Christ. We should not divide ourselves into formal denominational groups (I Corinthians 1:11-12). Luther, Wesley, and Knox were just humans like you. They may have been used of God, but they did nothing to earn your salvation:

Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? (I Corinthians 1:13 NIV).

Likewise, just as Paul’s converts were not baptized in the name of Paul, so also today’s Christians are only baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. You were not baptized in the name of the Pope, or Luther, or Calvin. The specific baptismal traditions of your denomination do nothing to save you or make you a better Christian. All true believers have been baptized in Christ and are members of the one church, and your denominational traditions do nothing to add to their salvation experience.

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