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Sermon: CHURCH Of DENOMINATIONS

Church denominations arose from agreements and disagreements about preferred differences in forms of Church government and traditional basis for doctrine and practice as well as organisational allegiance. Three main forms of Church governments or administrations adopted by Church denominations and somewhat or partially derivable from the Bible are:

1. Monarchical Episcopacy (old constitutional Diocesan Churches and new proprietary Dynastic/Founder Churches).

2. Circuitry Presbyterianism (especially Presbyterian/Reformed Churches).

3. Congregational Independency (especially Baptist Churches).

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Each of these are often consciously or unconsciously taken far away from the Bible in some instances due to prevalent TENDENCY, TREND or TRADITION adopted in interpreting the Scriptures.

There are four main traditions, or trends or tendencies on which teachings and practices in Churches and Denominations are based and by which teachings and practices are authenticated. These include:

1. Evangelical Tradition ruled by comprehensive Scriptural Truth. (Seen in Reformed, Presbyterian, Low-Anglican, Puritan, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches).

2. Catholic Tradition ruled by historical heritage and antecedent dogmas. (Seen in Orthodox, Roman and High-Anglican churches).

3. Rational Liberal Tradition ruled by reason, science, philosophy and common trends. (Seen in liberal Reformed, Presbyterian, Broad-Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches).

4. Mystical Liberal Tradition ruled by personal revelations, experiences and scruples. (Seen in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches and in Renewal movements within Roman, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist churches).

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