Credible religious polls of Americans have revealed that many people today are not as loyal to their denominational ties as they once were. “Brand loyalty” is not what it used to be either at the grocery store, or in choosing a church.
All over our nation, churches are springing up claiming to be “undenominational.” They go by various names — community church; fellowship of believers; the Way, etc. — but they are nearly all premillennial in their concept of the Kingdom and rule of Christ. This error has serious implications for one’s view of what the church actually is. Too, the majority of these “undenominational” churches use instrumental music in their worship. All of them with which I am familiar teach a “faith only” system of salvation. Teaching a wrong plan of salvation does not result in real salvation for those who accept such error.
It is commendable when some group wishes to simply be the church of the New Testament, abandoning any tie to Protestant denominationalism. That is a scriptural and noble aim, and we have that sentiment in common with these groups. However, it takes more than simply saying we are undenominational to truly be undenominational.
Perhaps we should increase our efforts to teach, influence, and persuade such people to come to the true faith which was “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). We should always encourage a departure from denominational thinking wherever it may be found, even when it presents itself in churches of Christ.
— Mark White