Read this passage of Scripture carefully before you proceed:
Matthew 16:5-12 (NASB):
5 And the disciples came to the other side and had forgotten to take bread. 6 And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began to discuss among themselves, saying, “It is because we took no bread.”8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? 9 “Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? 10 “Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets you took up? 11 “How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
In the climate of Christianity today there is much “teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees” going on. By this I mean there is a myriad of teaching going on in various denominations that are not truly reflective of God’s perfect will as it pertains to man’s final destiny.
We must all be cognizant of the warning of Christ to His disciples concerning the teaching that was coming from the two most influential denominations in His time. He warned them of the (leaven) being taught; the untruths of God’s message, direction, purpose and plan for unredeemed man.
What Jesus was saying is there is only one gospel message of salvation, redemption, reconciliation, atonement, forgiveness and eternal life; and there is only one body of Christ – His Church.
We live in an era where there has been an exponential growth in the number of Christian denominations since the time of Christ’s ministry on earth. The batch is therefore larger and the false teachings (leaven) is more pronounced.
Therefore, train yourself to search the Scriptures and evaluate any and all messages presented to you concerning your need for an eternal relationship with the Godhead. Be sure that the message of Christ is crystal clear, for it is not the message from any man-derived denomination that matters – it is the truth of God that matters.
Therefore, train yourself to put to the test what you hear being taught to you about salvation, redemption, reconciliation, atonement, forgiveness and eternal life by filtering that message through the Word of God and prayer.
Remember what the Apostle Paul said to the Church at Ephesus:
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6 (NASB)