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    What Denomination Are You?

    As many of you know, Christianity has split into smaller divisions, or denominations, throughout its history. Some denominations you’ve probably heard of include Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic. There are even denominations within denominations (such as United Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist)! There are so many different denominations and sets of beliefs, and I wanted to share mine with you.

    I am part of a denomination called the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel – ICFG or Foursquare for short. Foursquare is a Pentecostal denomination that came out of the evangelistic ministry of a woman named Aimee Semple McPherson in 1923.  As a member of the ICFG,  I believe that Jesus is the Savior, the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, the Healer, and the Soon-Coming King.

    I believe that Salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. I practice evangelism, tithing, moderation, fellowship, communion and water baptisms. I believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to believers for ministry. In other words, I believe in spiritual gifts and that they are relevant and working in the present. Finally, I believe that Jesus is coming back one day; that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for his or life; and that Heaven and Hell are real places – not just a state of mind.

    I believe that the Bible is the infallible (incapable of error) Word of God and that belief influences my take on key issues such as:

    • Abortion – God is the creator of life. I believe that to take a life goes against God’s law and declares that we as humans know better that God. Therefore, I believe abortion is wrong.
    • Drinking – I believe in moderation. The Bible says that we are not to become drunk; however, Paul in his letters to Timothy encouraged Timothy to take a little wine to aid in digestion. I also believe in upholding the laws of the government. The government says that the drinking age is 21, so drinking before then is illegal. As Christians, we should set an example by obeying the laws of our government as long as they don’t contradict God’s Word.
    • Identity & Body Image – I believe that we’re created in the image of God. God has adopted us into His family as His very own children. That’s our identity–I believe we are citizens of Heaven, not of this world. The reality of  appearance is that your outward beauty is directly related to the state of your heart and mind. If you are confident, your posture will be straighter, you will smile more and your eyes will sparkle. If your heart is kind and gentle, that will show in your appearance. Beauty really is much more than looks.

    As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all in all. – 1 Corinthians 15:48-49

    What denomination are you?

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    202 COMMENTS

    1. I’m Baptist. I believe and agree with everything that you said in this article. Haha it’s funny. I don’t really know denominations very well, but I do have beliefs. We have the same beliefs, but not every person in my denomination has the same beliefs on every topic which I find kind of funny.

    2. I’m Episcopalian and this is how I feel about the issues–

      Abortion: Personally, I would never have an abortion, and I don’t necessarily like the idea of others getting one, either, but I don’t think it should be illegal. If a woman really wants an abortion, she will find a way to get one, and if abortion is outlawed, it puts the lives of the women in jeopardy as well. I believe in education and support for women seeking abortions, but if they’re absolutely certain they want one, I don’t think the government should prohibit it.

      Drinking: Completely agree with you here–moderation is key, like with anything else.

      Homosexuality: Here’s the biggest point of disagreement for me. I believe that being gay isn’t a sin. Every Bible verse used to condemn homosexuality needs to be taken into context with the time period, as well as any possible translation errors. I don’t want to take up space here with every commonly cited “anti-gay” verse, but if you’d like them, I can reply below or somehow post them.

      Identity and Body Image: The Bible says that we are made in God’s image, and, thus, we are beautiful in His eyes. We should all seek the beauty in each other and love one another as God loves us.

    3. I’m a Catholic.
      Abortion: I am against and believe it should be illegal, however I also realize it never will be completely gone from society, dangerous illegal abortions would still be performed. I would never have one personally and have protested in the March for Life.
      Drinking: Gluttony is a sin. Drinking in moderation is not. So if you drink yourself in obliviation every day, that’s not ok, but a few drinks once in a while is fine as long as you’re careful and make sure you and those around you are kept safe.
      Homosexuality: I’m very on the fence with this. I used to be completely against it, but now I’m not so sure. I would never do it myself, I would choose religious life if I were attracted to the same sex, but thats a personal choice, simply because of how I was raised. People are born gay, and can’t help it. I follow your model of “hate the sin, love the sinner”. One example I think of is Ellen DeGeneres, she does so much good in the world and is very kind and generous, she is not Christian and is gay, I know many straight Christians who aren’t as good of a person as she is. So, I really don’t know what to think here.
      Body image: I believe you need to take care and respect your body. Mostly what you believe as well.

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