by Kiley Curtis
When someone hears the word of God, accepts it, and is baptized he becomes a Christian. But is what the man hearing actually the word of God or is it man’s version of it? Today in the US there are thousands of denominations. These denominations are all man-made churches that divert from God’s word. This number is continually growing and it can make it extremely difficult for non-Christians to sort through and find God’s true word. The existence of so many denominations causes one to ask the questions, “Does it really matter how I worship God?” and if it does, “How do I know which church is the right one?”
Many people believe that God is indifferent to the way you worship, but that is simply not the case. The Bible says in Galatians 1:8 that, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” With so many denominations in the US alone there are just as many gospels being preached as well. When we worship God, we worship to please him and not ourselves. The Bible also says a few verses down in Galatians 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” In the book of The Revelation verse 22:18-19 it says that, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Ultimately, you find that God does care how we worship. However, many people still claim that God is indifferent to how we worship. If you look to the scriptures you will find the answer.
The next question and the one that most people face when hearing the word is “How do I know which church is the right one?” The only way to find the right church is to decide which one follows the scriptures the closest. The Bible speaks of Christ in Colossians 1:18 and says, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Christ is the head of the church and he is the one we follow. We do not follow men, as many people do with man-made churches that change God’s word to suite themselves. The Bible is God’s word and it is not to be changed in any way. In all of the confusion that the many denominations cause, we must look to God’s word for the answers we seek.