Get Service Times »  |  Get Maps and Directions »

The Sinfulness of Denominational Divisions


This is a good quote from a denominational scholar in talking about the need to restore the one NT church and the unity for which Jesus prayed (Jn 17:20-24). C.E.B. Cranfield is a well-known Reformed theologian and was Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Durham, England.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Sinfulness of Denominational Divisions

C.E.B. Cranfield

The New Testament never treats this agreeing in Christ as an unnecessary though highly desirable spiritual luxury, but as something essential to the true being of the Church. Divisions, whether disagreements between individual members of the existence of factions and parties and – how much more! – our present-day denominations, constitute a calling in question of the Gospel itself and a sign that those who are involved are carnal.

The more seriously we take the New Testament, the more urgent and painful becomes our sense of the sinfulness of the divisions, and the more earnest our prayers and strivings after the peace and unity of the Church on earth….[I]t is to be a unity in which powerful tensions are held together by an over-mastering loyalty, and strong antipathies…are overcome in common worship and common obedience.

Such unity will only come when Christians are humble and bold enough to lay hold on the unity already given in Christ and to take it more seriously than their own self-importance and sin, and to make of these deep differences of doctrine, which originate in our imperfect understanding of the Gospel and which we dare not belittle, not an excuse for letting go of one another or staying apart, but rather an incentive for a more earnest seeking in fellowship together to hear and obey the voice of Christ.

– quoted by William Barclay, Letters of James and Peter, 225-226

–W. Frank Walton

 

Bible Classes

Bible classes are every Sunday morning at 10:50am and
Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm

We offer Bible classes for all ages. All classes are open to the public and questions are always welcome. We never charge for this or any Bible class. Check out our class schedule »

About Us

We rely only on God's written word as the authority for how we worship Him.

You can be simply a Christian, a follower of Christ, without being a member of any man-made denomination. Read more about us and meet our Elders and Deacons »

The latest from the Santa Clara Church of Christ Blog

Find a Storm Shelter!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: “Into each life some rain must fall.” Rain may fall

View all blog posts »
Where is your life headed?
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
Colossians 3:17

Our Location

Directions by Google Maps We're located at ...

850 Pomeroy Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Feel free to call us at (408) 241-0159 or email us through the site.

About Us

We rely only on God's written word as the authority for how we worship Him.
You can be simply a Christian, a follower of Christ, without being a member of any man-made denomination. Read more about us