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Denominations

Question: A listener writes that he is a new Christian and very confused by the many denominations. Each one claims to be "the right one." Isn't there greater unity in the Catholic Church?

Answer: Denominations generally represent Christian people pooling their resources for the purpose of furthering the work of Christ. This enables them to fund missionaries, Bible colleges, seminaries, and also to help plant new churches in areas that have not yet been reached for Christ.

Some denominations provide financial help for young men from within their denomination who want to prepare for ministry, but who would not be able to do so in the absence of such help. They serve a useful purpose. Even churches that claim to be "independent" often unite with associations of churches.

More information on this topic can be found in Rev. Noah Hutchings book, Why So Many Churches?

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