“Are you a Baptist church?” She was a senior citizen.
“We are a community church.” I said. “Non-denominational.”
“Oh, I am a Baptist. I only go to Baptist churches.” She thanked us and closed her window. The Mercedes drove away from the curb.
S.M. had a disgusted look on his face, like he had just eaten my fried okra. “We are not a denomination. We, as people, are a Christian.”
I agreed with him, and when, on a Wednesday, I talked to our pastor about this conversation, he said, “That’s old way of thinking.”
Even Christians can make the mistake of clinging to unbiblical traditions. Even now, I can’t help but remember 1 Corinthians 1:13:
“Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!”
Certainly, this kind of thinking goes way back. If you are looking for a new church home, look at their articles of faith and what they believe, not the denomination they cling to. You should always question what a church believes and do your own research.