Category Archives: denominations

Denominations: United Pentecostal Church

The United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) says that it has 5½ million constituents world-wide (About UPCI, upci.org).  There are more than 350,000 members in the U.S.A. and Canada combined (overview of the United Pentecostal Church International by Jack Zavada, learnreligions.com).  … Continue reading

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Denominations: Disciples of Christ and Independent Christian Church

The Christians Church (Disciples of Christ) saw its membership fall below 400,000 in 2018.  It is in rapid decline.  Jeff Walton writes, “At the current rate, the denomination will shrink by another 50 percent within a decade” (Disciples of Christ … Continue reading

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Should We Keep the Sabbath? (Part 4)

In this lesson we shift from considering some common arguments for observing the Sabbath, to some arguments against binding the Sabbath on men living today. Arguments Against 1.  Let no one judge. Colossians 2:16-17 reads, “So let no one judge … Continue reading

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Should We Keep the Sabbath? (Part 3)

In this lesson, we will continue to consider some common arguments for observing the Sabbath. Arguments For 16.  He added No More.  After The Ten Commandments were set forth (Deuteronomy 5:1-21), we are told that, “He added no more” (Deuteronomy … Continue reading

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Should We Keep the Sabbath? (Part 2)

In this lesson, we will continue to consider some common arguments for observing the Sabbath. Arguments For 11.  Another Rest Not Mentioned This argument is based on Hebrews 4:8, which reads, “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He … Continue reading

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Should We Keep the Sabbath? (Part 1)

What is the Sabbath?  The Hebrew word in its verbal for means “cease; desist” (BDBG).  The Israelites were instructed that they were to keep a weekly Sabbath on the seventh day of the week (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15).  No ordinary … Continue reading

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Denominations: Unitarian Universalist Association

There are about 153,000 members of the UUA (UUA Membership Statistics, 1961-2020, uua.org).  The top three states by number are: (1) California; (2) New York; (3) Texas (Demographic and Statistical Information, uua.org). History The UUA was formed in 1961 when … Continue reading

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Denominations: Community or “Non-Denominational,” Cowboy and Biker Churches

Community Church or “Non-denominational” Church refers to independent local congregations which have no affiliation with the major denominations.  Determining exact numbers is difficult.  A study released in 2010 by the Hartford Institute For Religion Research reported that there were more … Continue reading

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Denominations: The Salvation Army and Church of the Nazarene

The Salvation Army (TSA) states that it has about 27 thousand officers (minsters), and about 1.5 million soldiers and junior soldiers (members, or salvationists) in 2021 (statistics – The Salvation Army International, salvationarmy.org).  It claims about 430,000 members in the … Continue reading

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Denominations: Pentecostals

Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult. Pentecostalism is not a single denomination, but an umbrella term which includes many denominations “The World Christian Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (2020) currently counts 644 million Pentecostals/Charismatics worldwide” (The Society for Pentecostal Studies at 50 … Continue reading

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