According to the encyclopedia there are over 40,000 Christian denominations. Why do you suppose that is?…Well, man wants the easy way, he wants to go to someone that he respects or looks up to (maybe a preacher or friend or famous movie star or athlete) and obtain the answer with very little effort on his part. And if that person says something that he doesn’t like he will go to someone else or to some other church or denomination. Now, it is a blessing to be able to fellowship with believers of like faith and Scripture supports the coming together for that purpose, however, to depend on a church, or someones written rules or tradition is in direct opposition to the true Christian faith.

It really is nothing short of doing exactly what Adam and Eve did in the garden: they decided that THEY would decide what was right or wrong rather than let the Lord do it. They ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So what has changed? A group of believers get together, write a statement of faith, begin an organization, establish rules (they call guidelines) recruit others, collect money and they are on their way. As time goes on their traditions (without giving it much thought) become right out of Scripture. Now we have 40001 denominations.

The fact is that the Church of God is Spiritual, invisible, and includes all those who have been truly born again and follow Him. John said it very clearly and simply in 1 John 2:27.

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

The Lord will impart true, powerful and astounding truths to the believer that spends time is his word. If he spends a little time he will get a little truth. If he spends a lot of time he will get a lot of truth. And if he ‘meditates therein day and night’ as F. B. Meyer said, “he will hear notes other ears cannot catch and will enter the realm of the spirit that is closed to the outward observer.” How is it with each of us? Do we hear His voice or do we listen to another?

I am thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee…(I Am Thine, O Lord)