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Belgian Congo Revolution

Belgian Congo Revolution 1961Church denominational differences are being whittled away by the media who seek maximum impact for themselves all the time. At the time of the Reformation, protestants would have no decoration or symbolism in their churches and even whitewashed over medieval paintings in the name of religious purity. Today on television, the descendants of those same zealous protestant evangelists surround themselves with banks of flowers and row upon row of vested choir members in glorious silk gowns. The Media demands color, variety, and visual excitement and does not care particularly for denominations beliefs except when it creates controversy and thus good theatre. The overall effect is to merge the differences in beliefs and practices in favor of the overall production.✞

Bound and Live Together

Crack in BrickworkAll Christians belong to the denominational body whether they want to or not. They are bound together, live together and sometimes die together in Christ. The Rev Dr Colin Morris (1929- ) a Methodist leader tells of the bloody counter revolution in the Belgian Congo in 1960-1961 AD. He writes, "Over three hundred missionaries, mostly Roman Catholics and extreme fundamentalists were killed. They not only bled the same way but whether they died clutching crucifixes or Schofield Reference Bibles they died for the same reason and the same Lord."

Church Growth or Shrinkage

Will the church grow by erasing church denominations? Interestingly, research shows that when churches amalgamate the overall body generally shrinks in size. Examples in South Korea according to eminent analyst Dr Donald McGavran show that, when churches splinter on questions of practice, they generally grow! The Lord seems to want his denominational body to contain as many differences as possible. At the same time, they retain theological unity in Christ himself. He is head over all parts as in all the other emanations of the Mystical Body.✞

"Church Denominational Differences"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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