Who are you following? Who are you listening to? Who do you go to for answers to spiritual questions? Who are you trying to please? If you answer truthfully you will know who you are following.
I don’t want to offend anyone but Jesus Christ (Yeshua) is no longer on earth, and if you are taking directions from man you may wind up in the swamp. Christ was perfect ,no sin was found in Him, He is our example. Where did we get the idea that as believers we needed man to guide us? God has provided all the instruction required to live a godly life. His Word and His Spirit. The Word is a lamp unto your feet, ( Psalms 119:5) and His spirit will guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
The WCE reports there are over 30,000 different Protestant Dominations today. This number is disputed by many for various reasons. However, anything over one is too many. The World Christian Encyclopedia by Barrett, defines “denomination” as:
An organized aggregate of worship centers or congregations of similar ecclesiastical tradition within a specific country … whose component congregations and members are called by the same denominational name in different areas, regarding themselves as one autonomous Christian church distinct from other denominations, churches, and traditions.
Scripture bears out the fact there is one body, one spirit, one Lord, one faith and one God. (Eph 4:4-6) So why are there so many different denominations? Could it be because each denomination has been formed by and is lead by man, embracing doctrines derived from their personal interpretation of scripture? This is not to say all Christian leaders are in error. There are faithful people in all denominations. However, do you want to base your spiritual life on the understanding of natural man? God does not accept excuses for ignorance of His word. You are responsible for your walk with God based on the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of scripture to you personally.
I’m not saying that membership in local fellowships are wrong they can and should be very encouraging and supportive of one another. It is when the individual believer lays aside the Bible and follows the instructions of the groups’ leaders alone that problems ensue. You are an individual; God deals with you as an individual, only God can lead you in the path He created for you.
This article is intended for believers only – especially new believers. The only access the unbeliever has to the Holy Spirit is when the Spirit convicts him of sin and his need of salvation. When an unbeliever accepts the witness of the Holy Spirit and accepts the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ on his behalf, the Spirit takes up residence in the body of that individual and will guide you into all truth. Who are you following?