How can specific denominations unite?

Summary

Within Christianity, there are many groups that divide over very specific things outside of the Gospel of Salvation and deity of Jesus (I John 4:2-3). This page explains why those groups exist and how they can unite.

Endorsements

Many Christians have sought theological unity, such as Martin Luther, Billy Graham, and various popes.

Reasons

Why did God allow denominations?

Although denominations are allowed (Romans 14:3) and decentralized churches are encouraged (Mark 9:38-39), many would agree it’s not ideal for unity (I Corinthians 1:10). God allowed these divisions because they allowed various truths about God to flourish and not die out due to church pride. Evangelicals boldy preach the Word (II Timothy 4:2) and have a personal relationship with Jesus (John 15:15). Charismatics ecstatically pray to the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20) and prophecy into others’ lives (I Corinthians 14:1). Catholics revere the Holy Father in the Eucharist (Luke 22:19) and evangelize as the largest denomination (II Timothy 4:5). Orthodoxy’s rich history stays true to their soul (I Corinthians 11:2), and are loyal through baptism to the King (Acts 8:12).

Historic Protestants

Modern Protestants

Catholics

Orthodox

Examples

Baptists, Evangelicals

Pentecostals, Charismatics

North America

Africa

South America, Europe

Asia

Reading Bible, Fellowship

Prayer

Eucharist, Confession

Baptism, Repentance/Forgiveness

Trinitarian Focus (Matthew 28:19)

Son (Jesus)

Holy Spirit

Father

Father

Love (Luke 10:27)

Mind

Heart

Strength

Soul

Ministry (Eph. 4:11)

Pastors and Teachers

Apostles and Prophets

Evangelists

Apostles and Teachers

God’s Role

Friend

Husband

Lord

King

Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)

Joy, Goodness

Love, Kindness, Gentleness

Patience, Self-control

Peace, Faithfulness

Protestants and Catholics

Coming soon

Historic and Modern Protestants

See “How can Historical Protestants unite with Modern Protestants?

Catholics and Orthodox

Coming soon

Counterclaims