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It appears that this passage in Luke allows for the diversity of denominations.

Luke 9:49-50 KJV
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

Does this passage, spoken by Jesus, allow for differing denominations? If it doesn't, what does the verse mean?

  • This seems to me like reading a specific interpretation into the scripture. I think it would be more productive to ask simply "What does this verse mean?" – Flimzy Oct 16 '11 at 7:43
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There is a good sermon that was given on this subject actually:

http://www.christianuniverse.com/sermons/forbidnot.htm

But, basically, Jesus didn't want the in-fighting, which may be similar to having more denominations, it depends on how you define denominations, as you will see that there may be disagreements within the same denomination so we have fighting within, even within the same physical church.

For example, there are people that claim to be following Jesus but then opening profess hatred of others. This we need to stand against, as that violates what Jesus taught, and invalidates his entire message.

But, we shouldn't be fighting against each other, and using valuable resources/time, when there are so many things in this world that could be helped if we focused on our mission of sharing Christ with the world.

Now, if someone is claiming to be doing work in Jesus' name, and you feel that there is some teaching that is suspect, then go by yourself, first, and try to share your concerns with them, but in all things it should be done with love.

This follows the teachings in Matthew 18:16-20.

By going by yourself, your ego is less involved, if you haven't told anyone what you are going to do, but just do it in a way so that only God is the other witness.

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