The Family Tree of Christian Denominations – John Boruff

Although we don’t belong to any denomination, we do want people to know that we identify theologically with the early Methodists –> Holiness Churches –> Church of the Nazarene / Assemblies of God / Church of God (Cleveland, TN) / Church of Christ / International Foursquare / Calvary Chapel / Vineyard Churches. These denominations are, for the most part, influenced by Arminian thinking (cooperation of the Holy Spirit with free will), holy living by God’s commandments, revivalism, Pentecostalism, and miraculous gifts such as prophecy and divine healing.

This is not to say that we don’t respect other branches of Christianity. We believe that all who truly profess faith in Christ and try to live by His Word with God’s help–are members of the Body of Christ: even those within the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. There is a lot of spiritual wisdom in many of the other branches, such as the Moravians, Lutherans, Congregational, and early Quakers. Not to mention the Baptists and the Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.). And, although I naturally don’t like Reformed theology so far as it encourages antinomianism (sometimes), I respect the Anabaptists for their congregational church meetings, in keeping with 1 Corinthians 14:26, and their upholding of the priesthood of all believers. The Christian and Missionary Alliance is also to be praised, for their connection with the Catholic mystics of the past, and their practice of divine healing.

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UPDATE: 12/27/12

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UPDATE: 1/3/15

Current denominations that I would be more or less willing to be in fellowship with, so long as I discerned a sense of righteousness in the pastor of said church. I still have some theological reservations with some denominations (except for Assemblies of God, the Vineyard, and the Christian & Missionary Alliance)–both of which I agree with basically 100% in doctrine. But all of these denominations, even my favored AG and Vineyard and CMA, are plagued by the Seeker-Sensitive Movement (or Rick Warrenism): non-judgmentalism, friendship evangelism, man-pleasing, “unconditional love,” and a host of other practical heresies which produce antinomianism and carnality. As an independent minister, however, I would be willing to fellowship with a pastor in any of these mentioned denominations, provided I felt a sense of righteousness in him.

1. Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod – however, cessationism
2. The Anglican Church in North America – however, theistic evolution
3. The Southern Baptist Convention – however, OSAS
4. The Church of the Nazarene – however, theistic evolution and entire sanctification
5. Assemblies of God
6. Church of God (Cleveland, TN) – however, entire sanctification
7. Church of Christ – however, denies original sin
8. Vineyard Church – however, not so big on Hell and repentance preaching
9. Calvary Chapel – however, OSAS
10. Presbyterian Church in America – however, OSAS and cessationism
11. The Christian & Missionary Alliance
12. The National Association of Free Will Baptists – however, cessationism

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UPDATE–2/8/15

The following is a simple breakdown of the Christian traditions we embrace:

1. Martin Luther (d. 1546) and the Lutheran Church
2. Thomas Cranmer (d. 1556) and the Church of England (Anglican)
3. Richard Baxter (d. 1691) and the Puritan Nonconformists (non-denominational)
4. John Wesley (d. 1791) and the Methodist Episcopal Church
5. William Booth (d. 1912) and the Salvation Army
6. William J. Seymour (d. 1922), Smith Wigglesworth (d. 1947), and the AG
7. John Wimber (d. 1997) and the Association of Vineyard Churches

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelistic and prophetic ministry. He considers himself a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. When he has the opportunity he does street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, Paul Washer, John Wesley, etc. John is in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on wesleygospel.com for cultivating deeper Christian spirituality. Among them are his "How to Experience God" and "The Gospel of Jesus Christ." He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists.
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