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Marks of a Christian Sect – Introduction

Sectarianism – The Marks of a Christian Sect

A short study on what marks a christian sect. What a christian sect realy means, where it leads and what can be done about it.

Sect : G139
αἵρεσιςproperly, a choice, i.e. (specially) a party or (abstractly)  disunion

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they would exclude you…

We have listed many marks of a christian sect. Most christian sects do not have all these marks but all have some of them.

The most obvious christian sect is Roman Catholicism, but most Christian groups have been taught or heavily influenced by the Church of Rome. We are not singling out the Catholic Church because it is any worse that any other christian sect, but because its features are very well established.

Every christian sect has something about it that robs the heart from following Christ. The system displaces Christ with itself.

Whenever you have a group it will somehow displace the believer’s heart for following only Christ, and often will make you feel very devout while following the group at times instead of Christ

It is a very subtle thing. The group may present Christ but when someone wants to follow Christ only, the group will start to introduce its own substitution. It will slowly start to give you a rule, or a leader, or a membership to something other then the whole body of Christ.  If this is not enough, then they may introduce doctrine, traditions, coercion, or fear.  The result is always the same. The system will substitute itself for Christ, and you find out that you were worshiping the system instead of Christ, if you ever wake up to that understanding at all. Worshiping something other then Christ is idolatry.

Rev 2:20 – 21  But I have against thee that thou permittest the woman Jezebel, she who calls herself prophetess, and she teaches and leads astray my servants to commit fornication and eat of idol sacrifices.  And I gave her time that she should repent, and she will not repent of her fornication.

By application we would like to point out that some say “Christ is in the midst here” some say “there.” Mat 24: 23-26 Then if any one say to you, Behold, here is the Christ, or here, believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall give great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you beforehand. If therefore they say to you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth; behold, he is in the inner chambers, do not believe it. Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together unto my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Joh 5:39 – 44 Ye search the scriptures, for ye think that in them ye have life eternal, and they it is which bear witness concerning me;  and ye will not come to me that ye might have life. I do not receive glory from men, but I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not; if another come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, who receive glory one of another, and seek not the glory which comes from God alone?

There could easily be other marks of a christian sect and we would be open to hear from you if you want to share them with us. The marks listed here are from our observation and experiences.

My family was saved out of the Catholic church, we then visited many denominations and looking back we notice there are many variations in the theme, but in the end all forms of sectarianism break the Divinely sanctioned unity among Christians.

These posts do not represent an exhaustive list of the features that mark a sect – nor will any one given sect have every feature that we list.  These features listed are only an attempt to start a discussion about the marks of a sect, and especially to point out scriptural commentary on a given feature when we have found verses that apply to the subject.

Unity instead of being a Christian Sect

If we do not want to be a christian sect marked by these features, there must be a Christian unity that we should endeavor to maintain, the unity that the Lord prayed for when He said, “that they all may be one.”

He first speaks about the apostles.

John 17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Then He speaks about us.

John 17:20-21  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one;

The only fellowship that is sanctioned by scripture is the fellowship that we can have with the apostles.

Acts 2:42  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,

1John 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us (the apostles): and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 

 

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