“So What’s Your Deal?”


In my posts here at Nickel Boy Graphics, I’ve tried as best as I can to not be denominational. Yet I know that there are most likely things that I say that will unknowingly be slanted to one denomination or another. I seriously want whatever I share here to focus on Jesus Christ. I’m trying to understand my Christian faith better, and so I can learn something from any of them as long as the focus is on Jesus Christ.

With March Madness coming up soon, I had thought about doing a special comic strip series titled “Denomination Domination!” It would have brackets representing different denominations and denominational stands on different things like baptism, salvation, you name it. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with March Madness, it’s a U.S. college basketball tournaments held over a period of several weeks.)

I thought it would be kind of cool to have two guys in a locker room going back and forth over different denominational differences while fighting over a pair of boxer shorts…because really who in their right mind is going to fight over a pair of boxer shorts?!? (The drawing is based on a 1950’s advertisement. It just had a “What were they thinking?” quality about it to me.)

Here’s all that really should matter:

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6 (NRSV)

So I genuinely try to stay away from Catholic versus Protestant, Baptist versus Methodist, and all of the other divisions that are possible. (This post would be way too long if I listed them all!)

For me, I have to say that I must trust the Holy Spirit. Therefore it follows then that if I truly do, then I should trust the Holy Spirit to guide you, if needed, as needed, to the right denomination for you and the right church for you.

11 thoughts on ““So What’s Your Deal?”

  1. I had a pastor who once declared that anyone who wasn’t a member of our denomination was a heretic and that heretics are backslid-den and will go to a special place in Hell. He had condemned everyone who wasn’t a Southern Baptist to Hell. It struck me as strange that God, who only required faith in Jesus, would send people known for their devotion to Jesus to Hell for not being a southern baptist and being Catholic. It was then that I decided that as long as you believed in Jesus, you could believe anything and everything else and you were still good – no matter what it was. That didn’t score any points with that pastor, but since he considers me a heretic, I think I’m okay with that.

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  2. I like how you said you try to stay away from all “divisions” because that’s exactly how I view them- divisions- which is actually the opposite of what following Jesus should mean, no? My church is non-denominational and the more I learn, the more grateful I am for that. I get confused way too easy. 😉 Love your blog!

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  3. An excellent post!

    1 – 3 John describes how we tell an apostate from a follower of Christ Jesus. What it comes down to is this.

    1 John 2:22-23 New King James Version (NKJV)

    22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

    A Christian is someone who believes Jesus. A Christian is someone who loves Jesus and obeys His commands.

    Do any of us perfectly understand the Bible and what Jesus and His apostles taught? No. Who among us knows the mind of God?

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    1. Thanks, Tom! “Who among us knows the mind of God?” You must have been looking over my shoulder as I was working on the next little series of “Laser Eyes Jesus” comic strips. The first one is set to be titled…(drum roll please)…”The Mind Of God.” Seriously! No kidding! That just makes my day!

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  4. I actually think the many Protestant denominations are a good thing. It took succeeding generations of Reformers (and new denominations) to move the church farther and farther away from religious ritualism and formalism and back to the simple Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Would we really want a state church again? Evangelical churches differ on secondary theological doctrines but they mostly all agree on the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith. Rome teaches a gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. I don’t believe it’s unkind to tell Catholics they’re being taught a different gospel. How will they know unless they’re told? But these days the focus is on tolerance and ecumenism and bringing up doctrinal distinctives is considered bad manners.

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      1. Sorry, I hit “Reply” too soon! The Gospel of salvation by grace through faith is the way for me! I heard it once something like “Jesus + Nothing” which Puts things rather simply and really rules out anything that we might try to add to that!

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