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eyesofphaith
10-25-2006, 04:35 PM
not just in title but actually non denominational.

kingsman2ki
10-25-2006, 04:42 PM
not just in title but actually non denominational.


Yes, My Church is non-denominational. We are not affiliated with a mainline denomination.

Bible_Man
10-25-2006, 05:09 PM
in terms of categorized classification- yes- there is a non denominational category. In terms of belief- not really. There's no such thing as someone who believes nothing, for example. By disbelief means you believe something. So by classification of being non denominational, you are essentially a part of a denomination. Non denom is a denomination, ironically. you might not be a part of any mainline denomination, but that doesn't mean you're not a denomination. So by disassociating with the mainline doesn't mean that you are denomination-less, it just means that you do not fit directly into a mold of popular denominations, but you rigidly fit inside of the mold of multiple Christian denominations. there is probably a denomination for every fragment of belief. You might have baptists 1 who believe in everything but infant baptism and baptists 2 who believe in everything including infant baptism. So there's 2 different denominations seperated by 1 issue. Then the non denom might come along and say they believe in everything minus 1, including infant baptism. The minus 1 took them out of baptist category, but threw them in methodist category. But because they disagree with mainline methodists on 1 issue, they couldn't be called methodists, so they formed a new "non-denominational" denomination. haha, it can be a mess

Bible_Man
10-25-2006, 05:25 PM
just for clarification

i was just pulling random denom names (like baptist 1 and baptist 2) and ficticious scenarios (1 disagreeing on infant baptism and the other not) for the sake of expressing the idea of how denominations can be split over issues. i wasn't really making it accurate to the specific denominations mentioned (if you want to learn about baptists or methodists you can research it on google). it's not to draw attention to baptists or methodists, i was just using their namesakes since they are identified as "denominations". thanks

ZestD
10-25-2006, 05:28 PM
in terms of categorized classification- yes- there is a non denominational category. In terms of belief- not really. There's no such thing as someone who believes nothing, for example. By disbelief means you believe something. So by classification of being non denominational, you are essentially a part of a denomination. Non denom is a denomination, ironically. you might not be a part of any mainline denomination, but that doesn't mean you're not a denomination. So by disassociating with the mainline doesn't mean that you are denomination-less, it just means that you do not fit directly into a mold of popular denominations, but you rigidly fit inside of the mold of multiple Christian denominations. there is probably a denomination for every fragment of belief. You might have baptists 1 who believe in everything but infant baptism and baptists 2 who believe in everything including infant baptism. So there's 2 different denominations seperated by 1 issue. Then the non denom might come along and say they believe in everything minus 1, including infant baptism. The minus 1 took them out of baptist category, but threw them in methodist category. But because they disagree with mainline methodists on 1 issue, they couldn't be called methodists, so they formed a new "non-denominational" denomination. haha, it can be a mess
Agree wholeheartedly.

The 'non-denominational' church will be shaped by whatever background and ideas the specific pastor will have. In turn they may take from other denominations and dismiss other ideas from the same.