Argument #2

2. Jesus Christ authorized the denominations by His teaching on the subject of the vine and branches in John 15. The vine represents the true church, and the branches represent the denominations.

John 15:4 (NKJV)
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
John 15:5 (NKJV)
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:6 (NKJV)
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

We must understand a context of a scripture or we could be guilty of taking it out of context. The whole subject mentioned here is found in the context which actually starts in chapter 13 of John and continues through chapter 16. Jesus after the last supper was talking to His disciples. Jesus was the vine and the apostles were the branches. By extension anyone who practiced the true doctrine of the apostles would in effect also be a branch of the vine. Certain conditions exist which make this so. One must abide in Christ and His Doctrine in order to be a part of Christ. One really has to stretch and pervert the truth to make this mean the denominations.

2 John 1:9 (NASB)
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; The one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

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