When Jehovah of Hosts sent the children of Israel into the promised land, it was
with a mission: utterly destroy all the places wherein the nations served their gods,
upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree, overthrow
their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire, hew down
the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place
This was the goal, not because Israel was more in number, better, more righteous
or holier than these pagan and sinful nations (Deut. 7:7; 9:5). Indeed not, because
they, themselves, were a stiffnecked people (Deut. 9:6). It was, however, because
God was righteous and these nations were so sinful that they had done every abomination
which He hated (Deut. 12:31). Furthermore, He was fulfilling His promise to Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob (Gen 12:1ff; Deut. 7:7-
When these nations were expelled, Israel was warned that they were not to make any
covenant with them, nor show any mercy unto them, neither make marriages with them.
They were not to be snared by following them, nor go enquiring after their gods
Like ancient Israel, the Lord’s church is to retain its purity. The apostle Paul
declared that Christians are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers
(II Cor. 6:14-
The purity of the Lord’s church is maintained not only by separating itself from
these unauthorized human institutions, it is also maintained by advancing the Cause
of Christ and through highlighting their sinfulness and error when and where possible.
Clear lines must be drawn between the Lord’s church and denominations. Paul clearly
warned the Lord’s people to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness
but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:10,11). In this way the Lord’s church is kept holy
(I Pet. 1:13-
The Lord’s church does not need to emulate any denomination in order to be successful.
Scriptural success is determined, not by how large a number fills our buildings,
not by how well we are approved of by the world (either secular or religious), not
by how many “committees” we have, not by how many social “programs” are in progress,
not by how many perceived social ills we seek to remedy, not by how many poor and
naked are fed and clothed, not by how much money is collected, not by how large of
a building we own, not by these or any other of a thousand man-
The enemy not only stands at the gate, he is attacking it. The truth of God and
His church are being attacked daily and it will not do for Christians just to sit
idly by, to stay safely tucked inside the gate. It is true that the gates of hell
can never prevail against the Lord’s church, the dragon will not subdue the beautiful
Bride of Christ (Matt. 16:16-
But the Great Commission is not to be safe, it is to engage! Go! Teach! Preach!
Precisely because all power is given unto the Lord, we have no need to fear (Matt.
Unfortunately, many decent and well-
But, unfortunately, good intentions do not excuse sin. It is sin to fellowship a
denomination (I Cor. 1:10-
There is no need to be ugly or mean or insulting. Love for the souls of men and for the Lord ought to guide us. But that is precisely why, as Christians, we will seek to utterly destroy denominationalism. It is a sin which is an abomination to the Lord.
It is not wrong to seek the spiritual destruction of denominationalism. In fact, it is right and proper. The Lord’s church must advance and it should never be unequally yoked with those that have no fellowship with God. –ELP