10Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?–1 Corinthians 1:10-13 NASB
“How do you tell a Baptist from a Methodist…?”
But an even better one is “Should you even be able to tell a Baptist from a Methodist…or Episcopal…or non-denominational…?” (What does 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 say?)
We Christians are still organizing ourselves by men whom we perceive are the “real” heads of the church. It is just as wrong now as it was back then
When Paul wrote this, the Corinthian church apparently had started to divide into factions. Mind you, these were still Christians–they were not starting to worship Paul or Apollos.
No, they started organizing themselves by the men whom they perceived led them. This led to quarrels (Whose guy is better? More true?).
Fast forward a few centuries and we divide ourselves by those who follow the Wesleyan tradition or who are Calvinists or how big of a role the Pope has. We embrace Luther and reject Henry, or vice versa.
Divisions, divisions, divisions.
We are still organizing ourselves by men, not by God, and that is a problem. In the next few posts, we will look into the Word to see if denominations are biblical, why they occur, the excuses and problems, and solutions.