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Pondering Stuff (2/17/2020).......

There are times when I am more mindful of the words I choose to use, and there are times I let them fly as they come, unfiltered.  Today, I am pondering denominations and why we allow them the way that we do.  So, the term Catholic comes to mind.  Catholic is Greek for universal or "on the whole."   Jesus Christ is universal, for all.  Yet the term is corrupted when it is used as title of an exclusive denomination/religion.  From there stems many other denominations, which have become identifiers for more exclusive groups of people.  We call ourselves Christian, or Christ-like, while practicing division in His very Body.  So, as I ponder the use of my words, I prefer to be one recognized as a Believer in Christ Jesus, whom Yahweh did send ("This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." -John 6:29-).  Mankind's words are so untrustworthy and corrupt these days, but we simply allow so much to be said and done, failing to realize the power of our words ("Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18:21-).   When this river of thought reached the waterfall....... "My Catholic is better than your Catholic......." Roman, Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopian, East Syriac (Chaldean), Greek Orthodox, West Syriac, and Maronite, etc. "My Protestant is better than your Catholic......." Lutheran, Anabaptist, Mennonite, Hutte, Baptist, Unitarian, Restoration, Pentecostal, Methodist, Anglican, Episcopalian, Calvinist, Presbyterian, etc. "My Baptist is better than your Baptist......." Missionary Baptist, First Baptist, Southern Baptist, Primitive Baptist, etc, etc. "My Methodist is better than your Methodist......." African Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, Congregational Methodist,  Fundamental Methodist,  Primitive Methodist, Southern Methodist, etc, etc. "My Pentecostal is better than your Pentecostal......." Apostolic Church, Church of God, Church of God of Prophecy, Church of God in Christ, Assemblies of God, etc, etc. "My Episcopal is better than your Episcopal......." Reformed Episcopal, Anglican Episcopal, Episcopal Missionary, American Episcopal,  Anglican Catholic, etc, etc. You get the picture.......I think.  We are as diluted as one pack of Kool Aid dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.  Better yet, we are more like rusty, mercury lined, lead pipes connected to a pure spring, carrying water to the multitudes.  By the time it pours out of your faucet and into your glass, it's tainted.  We need to have filters of self-study, research, and discerning spirits installed on the main water lines coming into our homes.  Not only do I not want to drink it, I don't want to bath in it, wash dishes in it, clean with it or water my lawn with it.  Poison is poison and I want it nowhere near me. We get so wrapped up in doctrines, religions, denominations, Bible versions, and uneducated opinions that we forget about Jesus, the One, the Truth, the Way, and the Life.  We practice him to the extent of personal gain, personal agendas, and manipulations.  Once we have your success and have created our means of residual income and the like, we are done with Him.  We wear Him like a man-made badge with man-given authority, rather than drinking Him down into our innermost parts as the life giving and sustaining water He is. I've rambled enough for now. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......

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