Divisions, Contentions and Denominations
Divisions are caused by leaders who think they have a better understanding and don't want to fellowship with other Christians because of feelings so strong that they won't fellowship together. So they make a name for themselves and start a new church.
God is Against Divisions
God wants us all to be one. But there are thousands of people professing to have a better church who divide off people and take a following after themselves. This way they create divisions. Out of one side of their mouth they say that others are saved, and out of the other they have started their own church. If they think others are saved, then why do they refuse to fellowship together?
1Co 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
You can see what people were baptized into when you ask them about their faith and they reply "Mormon, Presbyterian, Baptist, Southern Baptist, First Baptist, Catholic..."
Starting a Church?
It is ironic that the 2x2s will accuse people who leave of "starting their own church" which is exactly what William Irvine did. If you were a member of a church and have joined yourself to that division, and were to leave the church, telling the pastor, "I'm going to start my own church...." do you think they would find fault with you? And why would they if this is what they have done?
It is ironic that 2x2s claim to refuse to take a name for themselves but they have organized under different names and run as a for-profit individual business in most countries and states. Also they go in their own name and refuse to abide in the will and testament of Jesus Christ. Their own followers will only accept people sent out in the name of their overseer and reject people who take the name of Jesus Christ.
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|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|