Do you feel like the church of Jesus Christ is unified? “No” Do you truly believe that your separation, your ways please God more than the way others worship the King of Kings? People join organizations of faith and become accustomed to “their” way of worship “their” way of dressing for church. However, “their” way is never perfectly “His Way”as it is based upon a collection of imperfect people and their interpretation of Scripture. Why are there so many divisions, or denominations of faith? Is not “faith”a gift from God? “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Eph 2:8 – People choose to separate themselves from those people who express their faith differently, therefore there is NO unity in Christ, and we do NOT honor His name or His way by our choice to divide. No “brand” of church is getting it perfect. The common denominator in Christianity is our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. The definition of denominator is a number below the line, a common fraction, a divisor. Jesus is not our divisor, He is the Savior, the One God, who desires that NOT one person be left out. That Truth in itself should rattle the soul of each person who claims to follow the example of Jesus. Googling Denominations I discovered a number of ways we are NOT united in Christ. Christianity – 2.42 billion believers
- Catholic Church – 1.285 billion.
- Protestantism – 900 million.
- Eastern Orthodox Church – 270 million.
- Oriental Orthodoxy – 86 million.
- Restorationism and Nontrinitarianism – 35 million.
- Independent Catholicism – 18 million.
- Minor branches – 1 million
UNITY in our FAITH can be restored by our commitment to UNIFY and BLESS our Lord Jesus with our effort to glorify His name, His will, His purpose in our salvation. To suggest a simple way to repair our fractions of the gift of our faith, is to simply NEVER turn down a “hangout.” No matter who someone is or what they believe, why not agree to hang out to discuss our love for Jesus Christ? If we continue to separate ourselves from people who are different than we are, we can never come to appreciate their hearts for Jesus, or His desire for our UNITY. A test for all is to see how we follow Jesus in that He loves everyone, the same, no matter what denomination, or what method of baptism, or worship style they prefer or practice. If we want to be victorious in our journey of sharing Jesus, we must unify as His church body.
“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:5-9