I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? 1cor 1:10-13
Think about this. What did Paul, Cephas, and Apollos, and even Christ stand for here in the context of this paragraph? They stood for different theologies, beliefs, or roads of thought labeled by what they thought was the founder or representatives of that those beliefs. Yes, above them all Christ is the only one that should be justified as our leader but in the context of the paragraph Paul’s statement is to show that even those who say they follow Christ still ended up, by default, creating the first group of division and separation along with the others. We know this type of division as denominations today. It is Satan’s masterpiece for his fight against the Church. I’m baptist, I’m Catholic, I’m Jehovah Witness, and I’m Mormon. These names are no more than the same division Paul warned his Corinthian church to flee from. Satan knows there is always a common sin present in men throughout the ages, Pride. Mankind, from day one, wanted to be set apart, wanted to feel like it was all about them, not others. From Eve’s temptation for wanting to be like God, to Cain being jealous that he was not as important to God as his brother. This sin surrounds men and keeps us creating concepts and beliefs system that put them up front and over others. Even the disciples quarreled over who would be at Christ side in heaven. We do this naturally because it’s in our nature. And those in these denominations convince themselves that this isn’t being done by them when it truly is. This is why Satan’s greatest trick isn’t convincing the world he doesn’t exist but convincing the Church to be divided. Even if the world didn’t believe in Satan this would not stop them from being witnessed to about Christ if the church was on one accord and not divided. We could lead the world to Christ instead of the world leading itself away from him. This could do far more damage to Satan’s kingdom than just merely knowing that he could exist. Ultimately, we will never get to be that force in this world while we remain divided because like or not the world, thanks to our division, the answer to the question above, as far as the world is concerned, is a resounding “YES!”. Thanks to denominations, Christ is divided in the world’s eyes so we have to find a way to unite.