Did Jesus Start Denominations?

It goes without saying that most people seem to think that any church that believes in Jesus must have been started by Jesus. The thinking goes, then, that Baptist, Methodist, Mormons, etc., are all Christ’s Church. But there are serious questions that must be asked and answered if one holds this position. let’s look at a few relevant questions in this short article.
Does Jesus endorse division and confusion among His followers? No one can deny that Pentecostals, Lutherans, Catholics, etc., have serious disagreement among them. Do we seriously think Jesus is OK with a Pope who claims to have as much authority as He does? Do we seriously think that Jesus is OK with religious groups replacing baptism (immersion) with sprinkling or pouring or with preachers sprinkling and pouring water on babies who don’t know their left hand from the right hand? Is Jesus pleased with these groups following handbooks and disciplines instead of the Bible?
In order for all of these groups to be OK with Jesus, the answer to the questions above would have to be yes. However, yes is not the answer to the questions and the honest Bible reading reader knows it! Jesus is not pleased with any kind of division among those who call on His name. Consider that Jesus prayed that His disciples would be one just as He and the Father are one (John 17:21-23). Since professing believers in Jesus have divided into “denominations” they are certainly not answering the prayer of Jesus. Jesus had perfect agreement with the Father. We, too, must have perfect harmony with the Father in order to walk with Him in fellowship. “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Instead of “thanking God for all of the religious diversity,” those who sincerely love the Lord should dive into His word and search out His will in the New Testament. Our respect for God’s word should be such that we speak only where God has spoken do not speak where He has been silent. “If any man speak, let him speak the oracles of God…” (1st Peter 4:11).
Further, Jesus promised He would build one Church. It was upon the true and wise confession of Peter that the Church of Christ would be built (Matthew 16:16-18). Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God! Jesus did not promise to build churches as in the sense of denominations like we see in the modern world, but one Church. That one Church was born in Acts Chapter Two when Peter preached the first gospel sermon 10 days after Jesus gave the Great Commission (Acts 1:1-2; Acts 2:36-47). The Holy Spirit guided Apostles preached the doctrine of Christ to believers and established congregations of Christ throughout the Bible land. As Jesus commanded, these Apostles taught these churches what to observe and therefore they were taught the same doctrines and how to worship (Matthew 28:20; 1st Corinthians 4:17; 17:17; 14:33; 16:1-2). Local churches were commanded to observe the commandments and examples of the Apostles just like they would follow Christ’s commands because they are considered to be the same (see 1st Corinthians 14:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15).
There was one faith in the New Testament times; there can only be one true faith today (Ephesians 4:5). That faith is one true system of belief. That system of belief is found in the New Testament, not in the traditions and writings of men. No, Jesus did not start denominations, but He did start or establish His Church (Matthew 16:18-19; Acts 2:47).
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Cite this article as: Michael Baggett, "Did Jesus Start Denominations?," in Answering Religious Error, July 19, 2016, http://www.answeringreligiouserror.com/inspiration/did-jesus-start-denominations/.
Did Jesus Start Denominations?