I know it goes contrary to what many are taught within denominationalism, but the truth of the matter is that denominationalism damages the gospel – it does not promote it (John 17:20-21).
When you get down to the root of the issue many people in the denominational world know that division is wrong; that’s why they have “interfaith” meetings. But what they fail to understand is that the unity of the Spirit is meant to come before the spirit of unity so the bond of peace is based upon the joining power of God and not man (Ephesians 4:3).
I can appreciate the fact that many in the religious world are starting to see that division shouldn’t be so. I can appreciate the fact that many are beginning to understand that Christ wasn’t divided and those who profess to follow Him should walk according to this same measure (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, Philippians 3:16). But I cannot appreciate the fact that there are still those within denominationalism who celebrate denominationalism. There is not one single verse in all the New Testament that encourages or extols the so-called benefits of any spiritual division within the body of Christ outside of the correction of sinful living and heretical teaching (1 Corinthians 5:1-8, Titus 3:10-11). The lengths to which some go to justify their divisive teaching, divisive order and divisive influence reveals just how short-sighted their respect is for the unifying word of God.
At the end of the day setting aside the traditions of men and women for the commandments of God should be one of the many important goals that the church should have. Such was possible in the first century and such could be possible in the twenty-first century if we would only celebrate the right kind of unity that leads to true growth for the kingdom of God and stop celebrating the wrong kind of division that hinders it (Ephesians 4:13-16).
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)