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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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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