I like to write thought questions to investigate inner dialogue. While I was attending church this was one of those inner dialogues. If you are a Christian and subscribe heavily to your particular denomination (Lutheran, Baptist, Seventh Day, ect...) then this may be offensive. It is meant to be an open question to myself with a response and not a retaliation to the diversity found in doctrine derive denominations.
Is the church the apostles described and envisioned a physical or metaphorical one?
When Paul preached against the formation of denominations, he said that such formations were inevitable and would be apart of bringing the end of times. So, then the question of whether a denomination is good or evil-or if ascribing to the rules and regulations of a particular denomination is good or evil is irrelevant to the true cause (which is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.) Adventist or Baptist, Catholic or Episcopal, or Lutheran, “A tree is known by its fruit.”
Then we, all who are called by God’s name, and answer to Christ in our final days share a common goal: To be the salt and light that we were called to be.
We are not light when we pass out pamphlets that perpetuate solely our doctrine(that one day of worship is better that another, that makeup not be worn in church, that God be called a more traditional/non-translated name.) We are not light when we preach damnation from pulpits. We are not light when we contain ourselves in our homes fearing God in our hearts but never once speaking His name to passersby.
A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit
We, who are called by God, must lead Godly lives and beyond this we should be the one who feeds the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the jails.
Not all are called to preach, speak in tongues, minister in song, or sit in pews. There is a service, a need in every community not being met, not being provided, because we are not truly committed to the cause of Christ. I believe we seek reward for no labor.