The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Nicetown
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I am in Nicetown in northern Philadelphia, a very African-American neighborhood.
Evangelical Christianity, with its severe social conservatism, is extremely influential in African-American communities, as evidenced by this church that offers to save people from witchcraft and demons. Such primitive (and often punitive) approach is quite familiar to me, from my encounters with Latino and Korean churches around Los Angeles.
Question by Doctorv21: What’s the difference between Catholics and non-denominational churches?
I found out that non-denominational churches are a denomination because we pass down teachings and traditions to others. I have read this:
Catholic in its general sense just means, “according to the whole” i.e. “universal.” In a more Christian sense it means the universal church, i.e. both ancient and modern. The opposite of universal is “particular,” or “according to the individual,” or in the Christian sense, “congregational.” Congregational means that each individual local church is its own self-contained unit. This is contrary to ancient Christianity where each body was a part of a larger, worldwide entity. However, many who use the word Catholic in their name are actually congregational. For instance, some groups have recently broken off from the larger Catholic Church to form new churches, claiming the Catholic Church (and all churches but them) is now heretical. I see these churches as quite particular, and not universal, since they believe that the Catholic Church has erred and only the few schismatics are correct. It is rather ironic to see a group of 5,000 members confined to a few states within the United States claiming to be the “Catholic” Church. Nonetheless, it happens.
Answer by Samian’s Ninth Account Does your non-denominational church revere the Pope? No?
There you go.