Two New Denominations: Muddites and Anti-muddites

“After He said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:6–7 HCSB)

“So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those in front told him to keep quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him. When he drew near, He asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”
“Receive your sight!” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Instantly he could see, and he began to follow Him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.” (Luke 18:38–43 HCSB)

I once heard Martyn Lloyd-Jones jokingly point out that these two events created two new denominations: the muddites and the anti-muddites:

Muddites: “Dude! Blind men can only be healed if you put mud on their eyes!”

Anti-muddites: “Mud?!?  We don’t need no stinkin’ mud!

This is both a sad commentary on our inability as followers of Christ to see past the peripheral issues for the sake of unity, and our intransigence when we get on a hobby horse.  No, there really aren’t two denominations based upon how Jesus healed blind men, however, there are two denominations [and more!] based upon mode of baptism, infant baptism, belief about the Lord’s Supper, Calvinism and Arminianism.  You name it and we appear to be able to become divided about it.

It is good and right to fight for truth, however, we need to learn which stakes to die on and which to allow diversity on for the sake of the most important message of all:  Jesus died for you because you are a sinner in need of a Savior.

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