One of the great dangers of denominationalism is the belligerent belittlement of scripture … which is given by the inspiration of God (Matthew 4:4; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
Consider, for example, denominationalism’s obsession with the promotion and installation of apostate leadership positions and titles over apostolic leadership positions and God-given roles.
Read 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 and try to explain how the following individuals can scripturally fulfill the role of a bishop or overseer (aka a pastor or elder – Acts 20:17, 28; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 5:1-2) as so many in the denominational world pretend they do:
- An ungodly man
- An unmarried man
- A married man without godly children
- A teenaged youth
- A woman
- A novice in the faith
- A man with addiction problems
- A successful business man who is unsuccessful at showing charity, hospitality or honorable behavior amongst believers and unbelievers alike
- A man who is incapable or unwilling to teach others
- A man who is incapable or unwilling to identify or correct sinful behavior or doctrine
Other ideas and situations could be threshed out but the above examples of people who refer to themselves as supposed fulfillers of God-given roles should be plain enough to anyone who desires to plainly teach what and who apostolic leadership is in light of the plainly written word of God.
All individuals who refer to themselves as a bishop, overseer, elder or pastor without fulfilling the God-given qualifications have shown themselves to be members of an apostate, denominational leadership that belittles the very word of God which teaches us about the grace of God.
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 NKJV)