How to be saved: only believe Christ paid for your sins. Done. Salvation cannot be lost, even if you stop believing.

Why Non-Denominational?


Why be non-denominational? Well, the biggest problem with denominations (even those who consider themselves non-denominational and yet still sell ideologies of mainstream denominations) is that they absolutely love to reverse doctrines in the Bible leading up to what's known as 'patchwork carnality', getting some things right, reverse some things, getting most wrong, etc. This means that you will probably ultimately grow out of a denomination as your relationship with Christ strengthens, for the focus is always Christ, not the denomination.

This article is not meant to attack anyone in any denomination but instead audit the Bible against them and also highlight how most denominations overlap. If someone wants to be in a denomination it's their right to do so. Yes it's true there's demonic influence in denominations (anything with a large surface area gets demon attention), but remember, God turns all tragedy into triumph so it's nothing we personally concern ourselves with.

One major contradiction to denominations is actually the fact that God is patient to EVERYONE (including them). A lot of denominations preach a god that is intolerant yet, we see the world for the most part, ticks along without their flavour of bias.

With all of those things in mind, can you still be in a denomination? Of course, you still have a heartbeat, don't you? Do you have to be opposed to everything listed above? Of course not, some people have allergies so 'abstaining from food' is still a normal function. As always, it comes down to your thinking--are you preventing yourself from doing things because you think God will zap a lightning bolt at you, or is there a functional purpose behind it?

When Christians ATTACK

I've noticed that some denominations (like Churches of Christ or fringe extremist protestants) will go after Roman Catholicism with tooth and nail using petty arguments, all the while doing half of the exact same stuff that the Catholics do! Perfect example of hypocrisy. There seems to be very little self-awareness with extremists in a denomination, but you could also say that applies to anyone with brazen ideologies that they want to sell you. It's even worse when Christians become antisemitic and start attacking Israel or the original Hebrew text in the Torah. Antisemitism is CANCER and if you want a quick path to divine punishment (or death), that's one route you can take.

If someone wants to be in a denomination because they find something about it they enjoy, that is their decision and right. If someone wants to be an atheist, that is also their right. Attacking someone because YOU feel the need to sell your little microcosm of limited thinking, is utterly wrong.

As representatives of Christ, we're supposed to salt others and make them thirsty for Bible Doctrine in a positive way. Door-to-door witnessing is also wrong because it's just selling an idea rather than letting God set the stage (1 Peter 1:12); any denomination that forces you to sell Christ is cutting Christ out of the picture. Did they ever talk to God and ask what HE wants? Clearly not (Psalm 66:18). Being mean to others and misreading Bible and misrepresenting Christ will turn you into a hollow nasty person for the rest of your life. You'll notice the group that Christ Himself had the most contention with were always the RELIGIOUS crowd just like what we observe today.

There is such a thing as respect (Matthew 22:22), and in your professional life you WILL need to respect others and treat them decently. Christians who rant and rave at other people because they have an attribute they don't like (Matthew 7:5), are spitting at God. Christians also forget, GOD LOVES EVERYONE EQUALLY (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 19:17).

Comparison Between Denominations

Below is a chart proofing some common (and often distorted) doctrines and reversed doctrines (R). I've tried to condense the denominations as best I could, there are too many to encompass every single one, and most of the time when denominations think they're different from another one, they're actually not as far as Bible Doctrine is concerned. For instance, many denominations 'claim' to support salvation through belief alone, but then they'll spin around and still claim salvation can be lost if you ever stop believing. Well... 'faith-keeping' is a work, the old sin nature dictates we're always unreliable.

It's also important to point out that denominations are rarely consistent, despite most of the denominations having strict guidelines on salvation, many still deviate. For instance, there's a lot of Roman Catholics and Anglicans who would be able to correctly identify "just believe Christ paid for your sins, and done", even if higher-up religious authorities disagree.

Also, the comparisons are aimed directly at Bible Doctrine. There may be differences between the Amish and Mennonites for instance, but doctrinally they're pretty much identical.

It's funny to me that a lot of denominations teach original sin (old sin nature), but then forget to link that up to salvation through belief only. Because, if we have an old sin nature, we're always going to be imperfect and make mistakes until the day we die. Therefore, it's entirely illogical to teach original sin in conjunction with works salvation or salvation 'through faith' with a bunch of invisible strings attached afterwards -- because salvation would be impossible for everyone.

Bible Doctrine Overview (for table comparisons)

Table Comparison

Y = Yes
N = No
S = Sometimes

(R) Apostolic Succession (R) Aqua Baptismal Regeneration (R) Specialized Religious Clothing 1 John 1:9 Adds Extrabiblical Literature Christ paid with His thinking not blood Dispensations Divine Authorship of Bible Free Will (Volition) Hades & Lake of Fire Old Sin Nature (from birth) Poetic Meter Pre-Trib Rapture Salvation through belief + 0 Trinity 1st Party Translation
Gold Standard N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Amish / Mennonite N Y Y N S N Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y N
Anglican Y N Y S N N S Y Y N Y N S S Y N
Baptist (All Subgroups) N N N S N N S Y Y S Y N S S Y N
Biblical Unitarianism N N N N N N Y S Y N S N S N N Y
Calvinism N N N N N N Y Y N Y Y S S N [1] Y N
Churches of Christ N Y N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N Y N
Eastern Orthodox / Greek Orthodox Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N N N N N Y N
Episcopal / Methodism S S [2] S N S N N Y Y N Y N N N Y N
Jehovah's Witnesses N Y Y [3] N N N N [4] Y Y N Y N N N N Y
Judaism N/A N/A Y N [5] Y N/A N/A Y Y N Y S N N N N
KJV-Onlyism (King James Only Movement) N N N N N N S N [6] Y S Y N S S Y Y
Lutheranism S Y S N N N N Y Y S Y N N N Y S
Messianic Judaism N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y S
Mormonism (LDS) Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y N Y N N N N S
Pentecostalism Y [7] Y [8] N N N N Y S Y S [9] Y N S N Y N
Presbyterianism N N Y N N N N Y N Y Y N N N Y N
Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) N N S N N N N S Y N N N N N S N
Roman Catholicism Y Y Y N [10] Y N N Y Y Y Y N N N Y S
Seventh-day Adventism Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N N N Y N

This table is subject to change and won't speak for everyone in every denomination (remember, a lot of denominations are never 100% consistent), it serves just as a general overview to give you an idea of the differences between them all.

[1] I have placed 'No' for belief + 0 for Calvinism, because they maintained the decision was not yours and God predestined it. In other words, Calvinism doesn't believe in "eternal security" as defined by the Bible because the "security" is a result of not having volition, rather than simply being permanent once you believe.

[2] While there appears to be variances between Episcopals and Methodists regarding whether water baptism is 'required' for salvation, most will say it's not, but then advise it's a part the "ongoing process" for salvation. Since salvation is NOT a process and water baptism is NOT required for anything (you get baptised with literal water every morning you take a shower), we can assume that they do require it for salvation if it's a process.

[3] While the Jehovah's Witnesses don't have "religious themed" clothing, they do in fact require strict dress codes that follow through legalism. If you're not free to dress as you please, that's edging into religious clothing territory. You should be able to wear WHATEVER you want in Church, witnessing, outside, etc.

[4] Jehovah's Witnesses do believe in "dispensations", but not according to what the Bible specifies, it's completely inverted, bizarre and distorted. Therefore I'm flagging it with a 'NO'.

[5] The function of 1 John 1:9 still existed in the Old Testament (slightly altered since animal sacrifices were done in place of Christ, and then the animal was also eaten afterwards), therefore it's still relevant, and which is why I'm still including it for Judaism even if the NT is omitted from their manuscript roster. Cross references to Psalm 66:18.

[6] KJV-Onlyists do not believe the present original language texts we have are divinely preserved and therefore they are not divinely inspired. Because English translations are not the original words Christ spoke, they by proxy do not believe in divine authorship of the original language texts. To use the excuse that "there were original languages that God inspired but changed his mind to English" does not meet the requirements for Divine Authorship.

[7] Pentacostals believe in Apostolic Succession in a slightly different way, whereby certain individuals *are* Apostles just like the original 12, including gifts from that dispensation which have ceased with the completion of the Word.

[8] While there's a lot of claim from some Pentacostal groups that water baptism isn't a requirement for salvation, a good portion will say that it's required and the others will say it's intrinsic to salvation, so for all intents and purposes it's basically a requirement for their 'brand' of salvation, which is a similar pheomenon to Methodist & Episcopal.

[9] It would appear Pentacostals are starting to reverse the doctrine of Hades (hell) and the Lake of Fire, whereby it's no longer an actual literal place. Some still believe it, but many now do not.

[10] Catholicism 'sort of' got 1 John 1:9 in the sense it's a mechanic that needs to be done, but it has been reversed. So instead of naming your sins to God directly (1 Timothy 2:5) to get refilled (Ephesians 5:18), you're naming them directly to another man! Obviously it goes nowhere and so you remain OFFLINE spiritually (Psalm 66:18). It's too bad since they're the only ones who give much exposure to this doctrine even if it's reversed.

Doctrinal Litmus Test (Against Denominations)

Test #1 [Psalm 66:18] + [1 John 1:9]

Psalm 66:18 אָ֭וֶן אִם־רָאִ֣יתִי בְלִבִּ֑י לֹ֖א יִשְׁמַ֣ע׀ אֲדֹנָֽי׃

Psalm 66:18 If I exhibit sin in my heart (mind), the Lord will not hear me

1 John 1:9 ἐὰν ὁμολογῶμεν τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν, πιστός ἐστιν καὶ δίκαιος, ἵνα ἀφῇ ἡμῖν τὰς ἁμαρτίας καὶ καθαρίσῃ ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης ἀδικίας.

1 John 1:9 If we state our sins, He is faithful and just in order that our sins are forgiven and purify us from all unrighteousness

Test #2 [Isaiah 55:8-9] + [Philippians 2:5]

Isaiah 55:8-9 כִּ֣י לֹ֤א מַחְשְׁבוֹתַי֙ מַחְשְׁב֣וֹתֵיכֶ֔ם וְלֹ֥א דַרְכֵיכֶ֖ם דְּרָכָ֑י נְאֻ֖ם יְהוָֽה׃ כִּֽי־גָבְה֥וּ שָׁמַ֖יִם מֵאָ֑רֶץ כֵּ֣ן גָּבְה֤וּ דְרָכַי֙ מִדַּרְכֵיכֶ֔ם וּמַחְשְׁבֹתַ֖י מִמַּחְשְׁבֹתֵיכֶֽם׃

Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Philippians 2:5 τοῦτο φρονεῖτε ἐν ὑμῖν ὃ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ

Philippians 2:5 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

Test #3 [2 Timothy 2:15] + [Matthew 4:4]

2 Timothy 2:15 σπούδασον σεαυτὸν δόκιμον παραστῆσαι τῷ θεῷ, ἐργάτην ἀνεπαίσχυντον, ὀρθοτομοῦντα τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that doesn't need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth

Matthew 4:4 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν, γέγραπται, οὐκ ἐπ᾽ ἄρτῳ μόνῳ ζήσεται ὁ ἄνθρωπος, ἀλλ᾽ ἐπὶ παντὶ ῥήματι ἐκπορευομένῳ διὰ στόματος θεοῦ.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said: "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Test #4 [Matthew 7:15-23] + [John 6:40] + [Exodus 20:7]

Matthew 7:15-23 Προσέχετε ἀπὸ τῶν ψευδοπροφητῶν, οἵτινες ἔρχονται πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἐν ἐνδύμασιν προβάτων, ἔσωθεν δέ εἰσιν λύκοι ἅρπαγες. ἀπὸ τῶν καρπῶν αὐτῶν ἐπιγνώσεσθε αὐτούς. μήτι συλλέγουσιν ἀπὸ ἀκανθῶν σταφυλὰς ἢ ἀπὸ τριβόλων σῦκα; Οὕτως πᾶν δένδρον ἀγαθὸν καρποὺς καλοὺς ποιεῖ, τὸ δὲ σαπρὸν δένδρον καρποὺς πονηροὺς ποιεῖ. οὐ δύναται δένδρον ἀγαθὸν καρποὺς πονηροὺς ποιεῖν οὐδὲ δένδρον σαπρὸν καρποὺς καλοὺς ποιεῖν. πᾶν δένδρον μὴ ποιοῦν καρπὸν καλὸν ἐκκόπτεται καὶ εἰς πῦρ βάλλεται. ἄρα γε ἀπὸ τῶν καρπῶν αὐτῶν ἐπιγνώσεσθε αὐτούς. Οὐ πᾶς ὁ λέγων μοι· κύριε κύριε, εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν, ἀλλ᾽ ὁ ποιῶν τὸ θέλημα τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς. πολλοὶ ἐροῦσίν μοι ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ· κύριε κύριε, οὐ τῷ σῷ ὀνόματι ἐπροφητεύσαμεν, καὶ τῷ σῷ ὀνόματι δαιμόνια ἐξεβάλομεν, καὶ τῷ σῷ ὀνόματι δυνάμεις πολλὰς ἐποιήσαμεν; καὶ τότε ὁμολογήσω αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὐδέποτε ἔγνων ὑμᾶς· ἀποχωρεῖτε ἀπ᾽ ἐμοῦ οἱ ἐργαζόμενοι τὴν ἀνομίαν.

Matthew 7:15-23 Pay attention for the pseudo-prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inside they are ravenous wolves. You will know them (pastor-teachers) by their fruits (doctrines). Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that doesn't bring forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Whereby by their fruits you will know them. Not every one that says to me: "Lord, Lord", will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day: "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

John 6:40 τοῦτο γάρ ἐστιν τὸ θέλημα τοῦ πατρός μου, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ θεωρῶν τὸν υἱὸν καὶ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον καὶ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν ἐγὼ ἐν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.

John 6:40 This is the will of my Father that sent me, that everyone who perceives the Son and believes in Him, will have eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Exodus 20:7 לֹ֥א תִשָּׂ֛א אֶת־שֵֽׁם־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ לַשָּׁ֑וְא כִּ֣י לֹ֤א יְנַקֶּה֙ יְהוָ֔ה אֵ֛ת אֲשֶׁר־יִשָּׂ֥א אֶת־שְׁמ֖וֹ לַשָּֽׁוְא׃ פ

Exodus 20:7 "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God: for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless that takes his name in vain."

Note: the reason why I've corrected the translation to 'pseudo-prophets' instead of the more common 'false prophets' is that the Greek says pseudo. If something is pseudo it's masquerading as something else and as a result YOU DON'T EXPECT IT to be false. When Christians throw around the phrase "false prophet" they say it as if they can easily detect a lie and aren't the very ones falling victim to it.

Test #5 [2 Corinthians 11:14-15]

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 καὶ οὐ θαῦμα· αὐτὸς γὰρ ὁ σατανᾶς μετασχηματίζεται εἰς ἄγγελον φωτός. οὐ μέγα οὖν εἰ καὶ οἱ διάκονοι αὐτοῦ μετασχηματίζονται ὡς διάκονοι δικαιοσύνης· ὧν τὸ τέλος ἔσται κατὰ τὰ ἔργα αὐτῶν.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 And no wonder for Satan himself is masquerading as an angel of light. Therefore it's not surprising if his agents are also masquerading as the agents of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Test #6 [Matthew 23:4-10]

Matthew 23:4-10 δεσμεύουσιν δὲ φορτία βαρέα καὶ ἐπιτιθέασιν ἐπὶ τοὺς ὤμους τῶν ἀνθρώπων, αὐτοὶ δὲ τῷ δακτύλῳ αὐτῶν οὐ θέλουσιν κινῆσαι αὐτά. πάντα δὲ τὰ ἔργα αὐτῶν ποιοῦσιν πρὸς τὸ θεαθῆναι τοῖς ἀνθρώποις· πλατύνουσιν γὰρ τὰ φυλακτήρια αὐτῶν καὶ μεγαλύνουσιν τὰ κράσπεδα, φιλοῦσιν δὲ τὴν πρωτοκλισίαν ἐν τοῖς δείπνοις καὶ τὰς πρωτοκαθεδρίας ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς καὶ τοὺς ἀσπασμοὺς ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς καὶ καλεῖσθαι ὑπὸ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ῥαββεί. ὑμεῖς δὲ μὴ κληθῆτε, ῥαββεί, εἷς γάρ ἐστιν ὑμῶν ὁ διδάσκαλος, πάντες δὲ ὑμεῖς ἀδελφοί ἐστε. καὶ πατέρα μὴ καλέσητε ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς· εἷς γάρ ἐστιν ὑμῶν ὁ πατὴρ ὁ οὐράνιος. μηδὲ κληθῆτε καθηγηταί, ὅτι καθηγητὴς ὑμῶν ἐστιν εἷς ὁ Χριστός.

Matthew 23:4-10 For they chain heavy loads and lay them on people's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all of their works they do for to be seen of men: they widen their phylacteries and magnify the edges of their garments. They also love (being seated at) the head of the table at dinner, and the prime seats in the synagogues. And greetings in the markets and to be called of men: "Rabbi, Rabbi." But don't be called Rabbi for one is your teacher, Christ, and all of you are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be called masters for one is your master, Christ.

Test #7 [Matthew 6:7]

Matthew 6:7 Προσευχόμενοι δὲ μὴ βατταλογήσητε ὥσπερ οἱ ἐθνικοί, δοκοῦσιν γὰρ ὅτι ἐν τῇ πολυλογίᾳ αὐτῶν εἰσακουσθήσονται.

[Friberg] βατταλογέω 1aor. ἐβατταλόγησα; use many (meaningless) words, babble, use vain repetitions (MT 6.7)
[Danker] βατταλογέω [onomatopoetic prefix, λογέω, cp. βατταριζω ‘stammer’ and Lat. buttubatta] ‘speak in a repetitive manner’, babble, prattle Mt 6:7; Lk 11:2 v.l.

Matthew 6:7 When praying don't repeat words like the religious foreigners, for they assume because of their many words they'll be heard.

Test #8 [1 Timothy 4:3-5]

1 Timothy 4:3-5 κωλυόντων γαμεῖν, ἀπέχεσθαι βρωμάτων, ἃ ὁ θεὸς ἔκτισεν εἰς μετάλημψιν μετὰ εὐχαριστίας τοῖς πιστοῖς καὶ ἐπεγνωκόσιν τὴν ἀλήθειαν. ὅτι πᾶν κτίσμα θεοῦ καλὸν καὶ οὐδὲν ἀπόβλητον μετὰ εὐχαριστίας λαμβανόμενον· ἁγιάζεται γὰρ διὰ λόγου θεοῦ καὶ ἐντεύξεως.

1 Timothy 4:3-5 Forbidding marriage and abstaining from certain foods, which God has created to be received with thankfulness (by those) who believe and know the truth. For every creation of God is good and nothing to be rejected if it is to be received with thanks. For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.

Litmus Results

From all of the above verses we can then build a picture of the Bible both says and warns about, and measure it against denominations (and more importantly 'religion' as a whole, as this is the main issue really).

Unfortunately all of these litmus tests point towards the MAJORITY of religion. They exemplify the MAJORITY of thought. And predictably, everyone opts for refusing to read the warnings or treats everything the Bible says as white noise or unimportant.

Denominational Rot

It's come to my attention after creating the above table that a lot of the 'modern' interpretation of scripture in some of the above denominations are slowly reversing a lot of few doctrines they actually got right. This can be attributed to how English-centric everything is, and this is also why modern Catholics and Protestants often use the same misreadings of ENGLISH verses to prove works salvation.

If you can't read the Bible and remain spiritually dead for too long (no 1 John 1:9), you'll start to reverse more and more doctrines in the above chart. It's especially interesting to see how denominations begin to wither once they realize they're only believing in them "because the denomination said so", and since they can't proof them, reversing everything is far too appetizing. This also happens in individuals themselves when they decide denominations don't suit them and they switch to being atheists; why bother sticking with 'a faith' that withers?

Extrabiblical Literature

Advisory: I'm not saying you shouldn't read any extrabiblical material (in fact, it's quite useful to see how it reverses the Bible), but it's wrong to use and believe it as if it were of divine authorship. A lot of the denominations promoting the Apocrypha do so in a positive light when it has Satan's thumb print all over it and they can't read ACTUAL Bible to identify that, they instead mistake it for something wholesome since they find religion pleasing.

1st Party Translations

Here we have the denominations that either enforce or suggest you use their translations above others:

Advisory: there's absolutely nothing wrong with Bible translations, and in fact they're necessary and God uses them all the time. What's NOT necessary however is:


As mentioned in the beginning, it's not wrong to know Bible Doctrine and still remain in a denomination if you so wish: it might even be someone's 'style' to be denominational even if they don't always agree with everything the core of what the denomination teaches. However; if you reverse or 'undo' too much of what the Bible says -- ESPECIALLY salvation -- you inch closer towards religion and farther away from God. What the Bible says (in the original language texts!) and your relationship with God always come first.

God prepares everything for your personality and style; some of which may even be denominationally motivated, but you can never let that overwrite your individuality otherwise it'll generate misery. And of course if a denomination PREYS on you for your money, your time, your privacy, enforces bizarre rules to your everyday (...) run far away.

The ultimate question always becomes: do you want God or do you want the Cosmic System (religion)? For every action that emphasizes religion, you vote 'yes' to Satan's case and 'yes' to what he offers.


All of the pages I've used to build my analysis of certain denominations' stances on doctrines, read at your own risk (or better yet, ask God) as some the fringe denominations get very nasty. One of the worst being Churches of Christ's as it's insanely Antisemitic, paranoid, and contradictory: of course it needs to declare itself as the "true/authentic/genuine" gospel.

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