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:
- Catholicism (1.313 billion).
- Protestantism (900 million).
- Eastern Orthodoxy (270 million).
- Nontrinitarian Restorationism (35 million).
- 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.
Are we not brothers and sisters in Christ?
May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,