One More Denomination; Does It Even Matter At This Point?

Another announcement this month regarding the Christian church. Another denomination is splitting based on doctrinal differences.

I knew it would come as soon as I saw the news last year about the United Methodist Church becoming more accepting of gay people, allowing some to become ordained to lead churches. It was just a matter of time until some of those in charge would disagree and want to either quash this new tolerance or go out on their own.

It happens all of the time. First, you get the bigger groups breaking into smaller groups, then you get those groups breaking into separate ones, and the wheels on the bus go round and round. For a god that the Bible says who causes no confusion and is never changing, there sure lots of confusion and changing going on with his “bride,” the universal Church.

It’s actually quite amazing, and quite amusing if you’re on the outside looking in.

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world today. This statistic takes into consideration cultural distinctions between denominations in different countries, so there is an overlapping of many denominations.

41,000! That’s just denominations! That’s not counting each and every church within those denominations. That’s not counting the unaffiliated churches that don’t belong to any denomination or assembly of churches. Forty-one thousand … plus one more.

Each denomination thinks that they have the true understanding of the Bible. Each thinks others are going to Hell, or aren’t going to Heaven, or just won’t have as many jewels in their crown. Some think others are missing out on giftings, understandings, or liturgy. Most of these thousands feel other thousands are maybe saved, but are not as accepted.

Whatever the reason for all of these splinter groups, there is one thing that can be said outside of the fact that no one seems to get: the idea of god is diluted as the waters are weakened. Not all denominations can be true, but all can have some falseness.

If there is a god, 41,000 denominations claiming to be less wrong would just seem ridiculous and sad to him or her. And what difference is there if there is one more faction? A mere drop in a bucket.