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Is nondenominational a denomination?

 
adnilm

Asked by adnilm at 11:04 PM on May. 24, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • In a manner of speaking ... but the parameters are blurred. Non-denominations tend to stay away from doctrinal statements, and so many of them embrace false, feel good doctrine (ie prosperity doctrine and name it and claim it doctrine) without even realizing it. Some non-denominational churches do embrace doctrinal statements (Grace Community Church in CA with John MacAruther is one that comes to mind) which gives them a foundation to preach on. Non-denominationals were actually begun by a sect of Baptists who wanted to do away with the negative stigma associated with Baptist Theology and so they began taking the "Baptist" out their names ... there is a church here that used to be called Hoffmantown Baptist Church and they changed their name to Hoffmantown Church.
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 11:09 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • Not really! Non-Denominational means that the church has no set Denomination which also means that there is no set doctrinal rules that they must follow to be part of that Denomination. Basically it would probably be closer to accurate to think of each Non-Denom. church as a free lance church. The only thing that I've found that they all or many of them seem to be interested in is learning, studying, following, and really trying to find out the truth of the Bible.
    BUTTERCUP777

    Answer by BUTTERCUP777 at 11:26 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • There is no unifying factor to make them all one denomination. Around here, we have one that preaches women obey their husbands, women are all Jezebels, women are responsible for all sin, etc (and they have a team of married pastors, go figure), another that does the whole speaking in tongues, writhing on the floor bit, and a third that does gay marriages and is very politically active. There's nothing that connects the 3 besides readings from the NT at their services and using them as a jumping off point for sermons.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:38 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • Maybe- we have a local church that bills itself as non-denominational evangelical-
    soyousay

    Answer by soyousay at 11:16 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • i don't think so..you'll find evangelicals in various denominations; even some protestant/catholic congregations. a local church body may hold basic tenets/theology of one denomination, but the worshipers may be more 'active' than their traditional fellow denomination congregation. kwim? the local church body sets the overall tone, no matter what principal or 'truths' they hold or follow. i've seen very staunch, traditional episcopalian congregations, and i've been in a few really loose..more evangelical..too. more free, and spirited, if you will. less by-the-book..oh they still use The Book of Common Prayer (as do other denoms, or their versions of it)..just without the robes/vestments/various accoutrements of traditional worship services.


    personally, i find most non-denominational services to be more 'pentecostal'..lots of singing, dancing..action!

    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 11:34 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • I've always thought of it as a separate denomination, there is nothing wrong with that.  If they preach a literal translation of the Bible it is a Protestant denomination if not it is closer to a Catholic denomination.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:46 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • Technically, no, especially since nondenominational churches - as far as I'm aware - don't organize themselves like other denominations. They just *are*. From what I understand each church is it's own,they're not considered a group, there's not some sort of hierarchy or organization, etc. The whole point of a denomination is that it represents and organizes a whole. It's not just the name, it's an affiliation and a grouping together. I'm not sure if nondenominational churches "affiliate" or group with each other - like someone else said, I'm pretty sure they're "free lance".....
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:36 AM on May. 25, 2011

  • No
    lilmommy10805

    Answer by lilmommy10805 at 11:05 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Could it be argued that each non denominational church is a denomination unto itself?
    adnilm

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 11:10 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Thanks for answering, but I'm not sure how it turned into what it has. What I asked was Is a nondenominational church, because it's a completely separate entity, a a denomination of it's very own.
    But RyansMom001 kind of answered :)
    adnilm

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 8:13 AM on May. 25, 2011

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