Is one denomination better than another?
Do you understand the Christian doctrine of one God, one Bible, and one way to salvation? Are you curious about how “The Way” following Jesus Christ became the way of several different denominations?
Is one denomination better than another? Are any denominational claims to being the one true Church of Christ true? Which denomination should followers of Christ belong to?
At Cornerstone College of Virginia, we believe there is one Church (ekklesia) made up of all of the followers of Christ no matter which denomination or church they attend. The New Testament makes it clear there were divisions in the church as soon as the church came into existence after Pentecost. Paul addresses divisions in 1 Corinthians 1: 12-13. Since the division in Christianity existed at the beginning, I believe no one denomination can lay claim to being the one true way of Christianity. C.S. Lewis puts it best in Mere Christianity; Christianity is like a hall with several doors leading to rooms. The doors represent different Christian denominations or churches. Growing in your faith comes from the benefits of being in one of the rooms. Lewis recommends going into a room versus staying in the hall, he does not recommend one room over another.
There is no shortage of churches claiming to be the true church of Jesus.
It can be very useful when speaking to someone about their denomination to have an understanding of where it came from. There is no shortage of churches claiming to be the true church of Jesus. The reality is if Jesus is the head of the church in question then they belong to the one true church (ekklesia) along with all other churches that follow Christ.
When speaking to people from different denominations it is important to remember love. We do not have to agree with the opinions that shaped denominations different from the one we belong to, but we do have to love our neighbor as ourselves. In the end, the focus must be on Christ instead of the different human opinions on how we honor Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:12-13
What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable.
The Bible itself reveals what is important and essential to the Christian faith. These essentials are the deity of Christ, salvation by God’s grace and not by works, salvation through Jesus Christ alone, the resurrection of Christ, the Gospel, monotheism and the Holy Trinity. These are the main “essentials” that we should understand and believe if we are followers of Jesus Christ.