Sunday Devotional: Is Christ divided?

1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 22-24, 30

I urge you, brothers and sisters,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all of you agree in what you say,
and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters,
by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.
I mean that each of you is saying,
“I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,”
or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
Is Christ divided?
Was Paul crucified for you?
Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel,
and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus.

“For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters…that there are rivalries among you. I mean that each of you is saying, ‘I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas’….”

In our time, the above passage from 1 Corinthians 1:11-12, would be:

“For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters…that there are rivalries among you. I mean that each of you is saying, ‘I belong to Roman Catholicism,’ or ‘I belong to Protestantism (Anglican, Baptist, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist…),’ or ‘I belong to Eastern Orthodoxy’….”

Christians number 2.42 billion in the world today, divided into countless Christian denominations, of which there are five main groups, each group divided into subdivisions and sub-sub-divisions:

  1. Catholicism (1.313 billion).
  2. Protestantism (900 million).
  3. Eastern Orthodoxy (270 million).
  4. Nontrinitarian Restorationism (35 million).
  5. Miscellaneous branches (2 million), including Messianic Judaism.

Why must the denominations vilify and bicker with each other?

Cui bono (who benefits)?

To quote FOTM‘s Grif in his recent comment:

“Christians, true Christians, those who truly believe in and love the LORD, have set themselves against other true believers. Christians are fighting Christians over things of the flesh, and are forgetting in the process, things of the spirit. These machinations echo throughout Christendom.

Satan laughs.”

Are we not brothers and sisters in Christ?

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,


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7 months ago

I personally experience unity with many followers of Jesus who are in the various denominations. It’s a mystical thing. We need to make ourselves obey Christ’s law of love.

7 months ago

Dear Dr. Eowyn. Thank you for this devotional today. I have watched this the ever increasing division among Catholics with sorrow. And I have watched the ever increasing secularism of Protestant denominations with great trepidation. Few are the preachers today who remain faithful to holy scripture. The Gospel of Christ Jesus is more often than not, perverted toward some humanistic end, and not toward any spiritual goal. Jesus is clear about what these apostates who stand at the gate proclaiming all their worthless works will receive. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity, for I never knew you. This little… Read more »

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison
7 months ago

All’s I’m gonna say is that the elect ARE coming out of The Shepherd’s Chapel in Gravette, Arkansas.
Find it in the web, or on your tv.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
7 months ago

Dr Eowyn . . . I find that this article is truly over the top. At a time when we should love and be united in purpose, hate reigns . . . and yes, Satan laughs.

7 months ago

We are all to be called “Christians”, be united in the original Church that Christ established, using only the Scripture as our guide, not man-made doctrines from corrupt humanity.
Divisions among Christians started when men fell away from Scripture and started to add man made doctrines of their own.

When I was young, I was confused about all the church names out there and wondered what religions they were.

Reuben G.
Reuben G.
7 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

The canon of the Bible wasn’t ratified until around 400 ad. How would you know if you had the right scriptures before then? What of the Christians who lived between the Ascension and the time the final words of the Bible were written? Most people couldn’t read before the 1600s. Prior to the printing press, a book cost about a year’s wages, very few people owned a book or would know how to read it. And yet the gates of hell never prevailed over these centuries. Why? Because we had the pillar and bulwark of truth…the Church. Says so right… Read more »

7 months ago
Reply to  Reuben G.

So how did the 1st century Christians know how to conduct themselves?

7 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

The holy apostles, the bishops of the church, etc.

7 months ago

Divide and conquer. Speaking of Satan laughing, watch the this SNL skit:

Steven Broiles
7 months ago

Our Lord is not schizoid; the Devil is. Holy Mother Church proclaims the Eternal Truth, the Deposit of Faith that cannot change. Heretics, schematics and apostates deny the Truth at their peril. Yes, there are sincere and honest people who proclaim different faiths, and we must pray for them without any spirit of superiority. People struggle for the Truth, and they must follow their consciences when they are certain. The Church has been going through its worst Crisis in Her History. It seems as if Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. He is not asleep; He is,… Read more »

7 months ago

And with Your Spirit, Amén. We are divided because we think “mine is the true one”. All have Peter, John, Mary, Barrabas, crucifixión, some have brothers, others have apostles, some have priests others pastors. It’s the same Gospel, the same Psalms, an yet we say “mine is the real story”. One Jesus Christ for all, but we will remain divided forever and ever.