What A Man Says
Posted: August 27, 2022
Author: Christopher Brock
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
Even though we know that Jesus prayed that we would be one just as He and the Father are One, the reality is that the church we see today is one that has been divided. There are dozens of different fundamental denominations and if we were to begin to count the subdivisions of those fundamental denominations we would see that the number of separate groups would be well into the thousands. An overwhelming majority of these divisions are caused by small differences in beliefs and the people involved have chosen to break fellowship rather than come to a place of cooperation.
It is my own personal belief that there are few things that grieve the heart of the Lord more than to see His children in division like we see today. I understand and agree that the Body of Christ is to have order and that there will be differences in gifting and calling in both individuals and groups, however, these differences should not be viewed as sources of division but sources of cooperation. We should never identify and divide ourselves by denomination in a way that projects that we are not one Body. If an unsaved person were to ask a follower of Christ what they believe, the answer should simply be that they are a Christian and believe in Jesus. The answer should not be that they are a protestant, a catholic, a calvinist, a methodist, or a presbyterian. Those names in the eyes of the Lord are void and meaningless.
There is only one division that is of concern. Does a person believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came to earth to be sacrificed for our sins so that we could be forgiving and reunited in fellowship with our Father. That is where the divide exists. That is the question that matters. For those that profess this to be true and live their lives as such, there is no division and no contradiction. The Church of Christ is One and there is no division in it.