bkmitchell — 2017-08-19T07:58:34-04:00 — #1
The reason there are different denominations within Christianity is because the Bible allows for us to have differences of opinions. Within Christianity there are very few essential doctrines that define what it means to be a Christian. https://carm.org/what-about-different-denominations
What do you think?
Was the presenter of the linked article and/or linked video persuasive? Why or why not?
If, you disagreed with the presenter:
How would you address the phenomenon or abundant availability of various denominations?
dave_l — 2017-08-19T08:44:44-04:00 — #2
Most Denominations might agree on the vital topics of the Trinity, Deity of Christ and so on, but the real division centers on Salvation. There are only 3 groups.
The Will is incapacitated by sin. Therefore; Salvation is from God alone; called Calvinism; Augustinianism.
The Will is not incapacitated by sin. Therefore Salvation is from both God and man, but ultimately depends on man; called Arminianism; Semi-Pelagianism.
The Will is completely free. Therefore Salvation is from man unaided; called Pelagianism; Socinianism.
bkmitchell — 2017-08-19T11:54:24-04:00 — #3
I think the above provides for a very helpful distinction between the three main views held by the various denomtions, even though I find it unlikely that anyone holding to any of the three models would claim that salvation is from anyone other than God through Jesus Christ.
Thank you for pointing out the three major soteriological divisions and the Sovereignty of God.