In Matthew 12:25 Jesus says, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”
Today, thousands of church denominations exist in the name of Christianity. Each group claims a specific set of doctrines, liturgical structure, or style of worship. Those who disagree have one option—worship God elsewhere.
But what if I told you that denominations were expressly forbidden by the Bible? What if I told you that belonging to or identifying by a denomination placed you in a position against the will of God? What if I told you that the Apostle Paul put a stop to denominations when they first began to surface during his ministry?
In this video, we’re going to take a quick look at the core scriptures regarding unity in the church. From the words of Jesus to the doctrines of the Apostles, our aim is to unearth God’s desire for oneness in the body of Christ.
Many of you have heard the phrase, “Cut off your nose to spite your face.” I believe that metaphor fits nicely in this discussion. Let me explain. To an outsider, church denominations are complicated and perplexing. In fact, atheists even use the reality of Christian denominations as a central element to their arguments against the faith.
But what’s most self-destructive about denominations is the confusion it brings for people coming to faith. For example, seekers are not simply required to evaluate Christianity but are also forced to make a correct choice of which denomination is “right” or which Christian group will put them in greater standing with God.
This mental jumble is in direct conflict with 1 Corinthians 14:33 where Paul gives us a blanket statement about God’s character and his desire for the Church, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
If God is not the author of confusion, and denominations confuse millions of Christians and non-Christians, then who is the author of denominations?
What’s your opinion about denominations in the church? Has this issue been difficult for you to reconcile or do you not struggle with separate sects of Christianity? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.