[1] What is Christian unity? So many denominations!

This article was published on: 30 December, 2011
Last modified on 18 February, 2021

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a) What is Christian unity: A group mentality?

A sign that says unity.

I was in a church and someone leading the service asked us to pray for Christians who were being killed in Asia, and then he said an extraordinary thing.
He said; “and what makes this situation worse is that they are xxx (his denomination), our own brothers and sisters!”

I found such a statement repulsive.

Regardless of which denomination they represented, in my observation above, they were Christians being killed, people bought with the price of the blood of Christ.
People who were God’s own possession, the redeemed of the Lord.
Surely that is enough?

But before we start ‘tutting’ at this person, all Christian groupings fall into this trap – yes and that includes the ‘new’ churches and the house churches.

It shouldn’t matter what denomination, or group, people are from.

b) What is Christian unity: The denominations are so different!

What are denominations in the Kingdom of God?

It’s people that are important.

Christians are now in fellowship with Almighty God.
Paul told the Corinthians:-

.. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
What I mean is this: One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you?
Were you baptised into the name of Paul?”

1 Corinthians 1:10-13
A demonstration in France
A demonstration in France [i]

Hopefully we would all agree, that to look down on another group of Christians is wrong, and it is divisive.

Our group or denomination can get into that mentality of ‘I follow Apollos.’ or Cephas or Apollos, or Paul, or ‘We follow Christ!’

c) So what is Christian unity?

Jesus prayed:

… that they may be one as we are one …
My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one
May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

John 17:11, 20-23

Many people stop there, how can we get to that place of complete unity?

There is a lot more to the subject of Christian unity and we’ve only just had the introduction…

See next article: [2] Unity: United around Jesus’ teachings.

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