This one is just a query.
Being raised in Church, I have been part of denominational churches and non-denominational. At one time, I had a difficult time understanding denominational churches. So many denominations have come into existence over the smallest differences of opinion. For instance, I was raised Pentecostal and two of the most prominent Pentecostal churches are The Assemblies of God (AoG) and The Church of God (CoG). Both of these denominations believe in three separate works of Grace. Number one is the most obvious to any evangelical church, Salvation. Number two is sanctification, which is basically were you become completely sold out to Jesus, and lose the major desire to commit sin. Number three is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the physical evidence of speaking in tongues. To my knowledge the only difference in these two wonderful denominations is that they slightly disagree on the second work of Grace, Sanctification (which basically means “set apart”). The AoG believes that sanctification is gradual. Another words, after you become a Christian, a gradual work of Grace conducted by the Holy Spirit within our hearts, slowly delivers us from the ability to sin so easily (you don’t want to sin any longer, you want Jesus and more of Jesus). The CoG believes that Sanctification is the same result but you get there differently. They believe that it is an instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit. Much like the 1st and 3rd work of Grace, you could actually remember the moment when you were sanctified.
At one time I was leaning against denominations in general because of such minute differences. Over the last few years, I’ve come to understand the need of denominations, I believe. Although I currently attend a non-denominational congregation, I believe denominations serve a vital role. It’s not a word you hear often anymore, but I believe they act as a defense against heresy. Even their existence acts as a bulwark against an invasion of false teachings. Even though I love both denominational and non-denominational churches, I believe we would all be like sitting ducks without denominational churches existing.
You may be asking, how does any of this relate to Christians enjoying pornography??? Well the Bible is our standard, our road map, our compass for living. Then I believe the denominations serve as a sort of bulwark. Even though most denominations disagree over small details (Armenianism vs. Calvinism/ Pentecostal vs. Cessation / Submersion vs. Sprinkling/ Saturdays vs. Sundays/ etc.), all denominations are founded to uphold the truth of God’s Word. To one extent they do divide Christians as a whole, but to another extent they unify Christians with similar beliefs. If their were no denominations, I believe heresies would be running ever more rampant. Just as the Bible is our 1st defense against deception, denominations are our 2nd defense. When you visit a Southern Baptist church, you know all the main beliefs of the church you are visiting. The same goes for each of the major denominations.
The main objection that I have to denominations is the disunity they cause. Often we can spend all our time fighting other Christians of other denominations, than spend that time in prayer, fasting, witnessing, reading the Word, and thus fighting our true enemy the devil.
Anyway, I don’t mean to make this post meticulous. I just wondered if one day you think we’ll have denominations leading the way into knowing the truth about Biblical sexuality? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that a certain denomination or group of denominations had Biblical views of nudity, masturbation, and pornography? Since this is one area that is widespread met with condemnation although there is a complete and utter lack of Biblical evidence against it, it would be wonderful to have a set of core beliefs (a denomination and doctrinal creed) that a Christian man or woman could know that attending this particular denomination meant adhering to not only the basics doctrines found in all evangelical denominations, but also a fresh set of doctrines dealing with nudity, masturbation, and pornography strongly founded in the Word.
As it is right now, I’ve been writing this blog for about 5 years, and I’ve met all kinds of people. I’ve met Christians like myself who have examined the Bible and spent time in prayer and realized as I have, that the Bible is not against viewing nudity, masturbation, or enjoying pornography that involves one man and one woman. The Bible is against adultery, bestiality, sex outside of marriage (including anal, oral, vaginal, touching of the genitalia, etc.) homosexuality, incest, rape, molestation, lust (imagining yourself committing any of the sexual sins) and so on. Then there are some things, though not condemned, are simply unwise, like public nudity, etc.
Unfortunately, I’ve also met people who want to view everything that is sexual as clean and wholesome. Many of them visit the site as well, but they want to live by their own rules and reject Biblical authority. Most of these people want to use the current humanist philosophy that if a sexual act is consensual and not illegal (by man’s law) then it’s compatible with Christianity. I’ve had people like this argue with me that homosexuality is ok because the two men or women love each other. But if they truly loved each other they wouldn’t want each other to violate God’s Word, so whatever these practicing homosexuals have, it’s not love. Love wants what is best for the other person according to 1 Corinthians 13. Going against God, or trusting their own judgment over God’s judgment, is never loving. God is love. So if God says don’t do something then whatever He says not to do, is bad for you. Plus Jesus said in the Gospel of John that whosoever loves Him will keep His commandments. You can’t live in sin and love Jesus. Sin is disobedience to God. And Jesus made it clear that whosoever lives in disobedience to God does not love God.
Anyway, the question that I’m asking wistfully, is wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were denominations that based on the clear teaching of Scripture, were pro nudity, masturbation, and one man/one woman porn! Imagine churches all across the country, or world even, where, you could talk openly about these things. I know many people are afraid to even question whether these things are right or wrong. Why all the fear, the Bible will never lead us wrong. We can always trust God. None of us can figure life out on our own, We need God’s Word.
I bet if that ever happens then we can finally have Christian Porn, where only married heterosexual (sad you have clarify that today) couples create Christian porn, opened Christian Strip Clubs with a wholesome and fun environment (look but don’t touch; strippers are treated with dignity and respect; no getting drunk or speaking rudely, etc).
Am I way off base here?