by John F. Lugger



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/8/2024

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 398
ISBN : 9798823026215
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 398
ISBN : 9798823026208
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 398
ISBN : 9798823026192

About the Book

Denomination can be defined as religious division caused by false teaching, so the case could be made that its origin traces back to the beginning of creation, with the account of Cain and Abel. Abel followed correct doctrine with his sacrifice, as God ‘respected’ it, whereas Cain chose to alter whatever instructions God had issued on the subject, choosing instead a different doctrine or ‘denomination’, and offering a sacrifice which God did not ‘respect’, one in which God had not ordained. (Genesis 4:3-5) Most denominations today attempt to follow some things taught or practiced by Jesus and His apostles. But these have been added to or modified to fit human ideas. We see this practice exhibited, even in the Old Testament. Israel “feared the Lord” (seemingly giving God some worship), yet they also served other gods, according to the nations around them (2 Kings 17:32-33). Mixing truth with non-truth makes discernment of God’s desired worship much more difficult, and “worshipping in vain” much more of a danger. (Matthew 15:9). Having earned his B.S. degree from Ohio State University in Business Administration, John had just begun a career in that vocation when he met Charlene, whom he soon married in the Spring of ‘74. John, a life-long Lutheran and Charlene, a member of the Church of Christ had some decisions to make concerning their respective faiths. Encouraged by his wife and others, including his dear friend and minister at the Fishinger and Kenny Rds. Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, Gene Carrell, John decided to let the Scriptures speak on the subject. One point seemed to trouble him the most—his baptism as an infant. Since all the examples he could find from the Scriptures described adult individuals who, after coming to belief, would repent, confess and agree / submit to baptism—infant baptism made no sense (how could he, as an infant make these decisions?) After several years of investigation and study of the Scriptures, John was convinced the Bible does indeed speak of a different kind of church than the one he grew up in. In fact, this church was different than any of the religions or churches of its’ day—even the Jewish religion or church, with its’ God-ordained animal sacrifices and specialized priesthood, was replaced by God with this church. For this church ushered in a New Covenant, instituted by Christ Himself, through a “once-for-all” sacrifice of Himself on the cross, offering permanent forgiveness of sins and a priesthood made up of all believers with direct access to God. John found himself wanting to be part of this Church of Christ. Following his obedience to the Gospel and being added to Christ’s church (not by any individual, but by God Himself, according to the Scriptures, Acts 2:47), John developed a passion for writing and teaching, particularly on the subject of modern denominations as compared to the Scriptures and to this New Testament church of Christ. His denominational background has given him a unique perspective, in this instance, to author the first of five volumes on “Denominations: From God Or Man?”

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