If Denominations Are Okay Then They Violate Christ’s Teachings on Unity

A lot of people say that denominationalism is good because you can look for a church that suits you — one that you connect with. However, denominationalism is an affront to the biblical concept of unity.

Jesus wants unity. He prayed, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:20-22). A lot of people have postulated that denominations are merely acceptable parts of the larger “Christian church.” But Paul said, “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?” (1 Corinthians 3:3-4). Carnality in this context is a failure to grasp the teachings of Christian unity (cp. 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:4-6).

Furthermore, denominationalism is against common sense, for many great “Reformation leaders” have decried denominationalism, knowing it be wrong. Paul said again, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Denominationalism, because it does not promote unity, of necessity promotes confusion! The most logical approach is to go back to the Bible and follow it. This is our desire and we would love the opportunity to show you what the Bible teaches about true unity.

Kyle Campbell