1 Corinthians 1:10 "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
When Paul tells Christians that we should "all speak the same thing" how is this possible with so many different denominations and their distinctive doctrines that don't always agree? And since there are many Christians with many different viewpoints on may different subjects, what is the "thing" that should we all be speaking the "same" on? The answer lies in what Paul says just two verses later.
1 Corinthians 1:12 "Now this I say, that every one of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."
This is how the Corinthian church was not all speaking the same thing. They were speaking four different things, one saying "I am of Paul" another "of Apollos" another "of Cephas" and still another "of Christ".
The "same thing" that they all should have been saying was "I am of Christ." Paul makes this very clear in the verses that follow because he says in verse 13: "Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?"
In other words, no one should be saying "I am of Paul, Apollos, or Cephas" or anyone else for that matter, because none of them had been crucified for you and you are not baptized into their names.
Christ alone was crucified for you and a Christian is baptized in the name of Christ, therefore, Christians are "of Christ". So all Christians should be speaking this same thing...namely, "I am of Christ!"
So, why so many denominations? I will make a bold statement. Every denomination was started because someone, somewhere at some time disagreed with the church that they were a part of and started a new group.
Now, it is possible that the view they held was the correct one, but my point is that Christians are supposed love Jesus and love each other and they can disagree with each other on a number of things, but "theological hobby horses" do not give us the excuse to be divided as the Body of Christ.
I can fellowship with people of other denominations as long as they are in and are of Christ! And how is one found in and of Christ? By grace through faith alone.
Have you placed your faith in Christ for salvation and eternal life? Do you know Christ as your Lord? Have you pledged your loyalty to Christ and His teachings? If so, then you are in and of Christ just as I am in and of Christ and we are unified in speaking the same thing.
GO BLESS, BRATS!