The Future of American Christianity is Non-Denominational

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"There are more non-denominationals in the U.S. today than mainline Protestants."
"...it’s non-denominational Protestants are gaining new members hand over fist, while other denominations are losing folks by the tens of thousands."

In total, the Religion Census managed to captured a total non-denominational population of just over 21 million.
That makes them the second largest religious tradition in the United States, only trailing the Catholic Church at nearly 62 million.

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"Every local assembly in the early days of Christianity was autonomous – that is, self-governing. There was no federation of churches with a centralized authority over them. There was no denominations and therefore no denominational headquarters. Each local church was directly responsible to the Lord. This is pictured in Revelation 1:13 where the Lord I seen standing in the middle of the seven golden lampstands. These represent the seven churches of Asia. The point is that there is no governing agency between the individual churches and the great Head of the church Himself. Each one was governed directly by Him.
Why is this so important?
First, it hinders the spread of error. When churches are linked together under a common control, the forces of liberalism, rationalism, and apostasy can capture the entire ground simply by seizing the central headquarters and denominational schools. Where churches are independent, the struggle must be waged by the enemy against a host of separate units.

Second, the autonomy of the local church is an important protection when a hostile government is in power. When churches are federated, a totalitarian government can control them all by controlling a few leaders at headquarters. When churches refuse to recognize any centralized authority, they can more readily go underground at times of oppression.
Many governments today, whether democratic or dictatorial, try to bring about the union of small, independent churches. They say they do not want to deal with a large number of local units but with a central committee representing them all. Free governments try to bring about this union by the offer of certain favors and benefits. Other governments try to force the union by edict, as Hitler did during the Third Reich. In either case, the churches which yield to the pressure lose their scriptural character as well as their ability to resist modernism and to carry on secretly in time of persecution.

The history of the church speaks for itself. Wherever there has been federation of churches under a central organization, there has been an acceleration of decline. The purest testimony for God has been maintained by churches which are free from outside human domination.”
-William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary, P. 1631-1632"
 
"There are more non-denominationals in the U.S. today than mainline Protestants."
"...it’s non-denominational Protestants are gaining new members hand over fist, while other denominations are losing folks by the tens of thousands."

In total, the Religion Census managed to captured a total non-denominational population of just over 21 million.
That makes them the second largest religious tradition in the United States, only trailing the Catholic Church at nearly 62 million.

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Non denominational is only a title for a belief system just as any other denominations is.
 
With a hierarchical leadership.
That is exactly why Jesus stepped away from it when he received from God His truths in Matt 3:16. Ironic is the very ones who reverend him as Rabbi of their laws for tradition even from a young age, are the very ones who had him crucified for blaspheme after God revealed in that man who He is and all of His heaven in Matt 3:16, just as He does in us all today who will receive the same from God as Jesus did. One no longer can sit in these pews for law if one receives from God Himself as Jesus did.
 
With a hierarchical leadership.
Such tomfoolery, as a "hierarchical leadership" makes many fools. There is only One Head of the ekklesia, the church universal, and that is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:22 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
 

The Future of American Christianity is Non-Denominational​

It's my PERSONAL opinion, that the Church generic - AS A WHOLE - in the end times will be Non-denominational, AND Non-systematic. One thing we learned during the '70s when the Charismatic outpouring revival rolled around the world was the TOTAL UNIMPORTANCE of denominational, and systematic paradigms to the revival process that was taking place.

The more "Biblically Fundamentalistic" a denomination was (like Baptists, or Assembly of God), the less likely they were to want anything to do with what God was doing in the world, while the more "Biblically Liberal churches" (like Methodists, or Catholics) flowed into it, and were Born again / saved and "Baptized in the Holy Spirit" by the droves. the "Precious Denominational doctrines" became unimportant and Jesus came to the forefront in everything.

The Assemblies of God - even as a "Pentecostal Denomination" wanted NOTHING TO DO with Charismatics, since they weren't "Clothesline Holy" enough!!!! Why their women wore MAKE UP!!!, and pants!! I remember going to dinner with a Charismatic pastor and his wife, and they ordered Screwdrivers before the meal!!!! I remember realizing that we weren't in Kansas any more -

I 'spect that the Charismatic revival was a "taste" of what the end time church will be like, and what the FIRST church was.

The '70s were a VERY different time.

Were there PROBLEMS???!!! BOY HOWDY!!! But most of 'em came around AFTER the Charismatic OUTPOURING REVIVAL had ENDED, and degenerated into the Charismatic "Movement". But Charismatics didn't "Denominationalize" in the way that revivals in the past had done (the "denominational fruit" of the Pentecostal revival for instance).
 
"There are more non-denominationals in the U.S. today than mainline Protestants."
"...it’s non-denominational Protestants are gaining new members hand over fist, while other denominations are losing folks by the tens of thousands."

In total, the Religion Census managed to captured a total non-denominational population of just over 21 million.
That makes them the second largest religious tradition in the United States, only trailing the Catholic Church at nearly 62 million.

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Denominations have no inherent mandate to exist, or to embrace any doctrine contrary to what is found in the bible. All true churches must identify themselves first and foremost as "Churches of God." It's when denominations become ends in themselves, and divorce themselves from the biblical standard, that they hemselves are foreclosed and abandoned, both by God and by Christians. They become the haunts of jackals (Jeremiah 9:11), of the unclean (unsanctified & unholy), of spiritual lepers, relics of their former selves, with only their name suggestive of what they could have been, and perhaps formerly were, but are now not. The only remedy is in obedience to God's word (2 Kings 5:14).
 
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