Why Are There So Many Christian Denominations?
Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist. . . but all Christian? Why are there so many denominations?
Drive through most American towns and you’re likely to see a host of different church buildings. From Gothic stone and wooden steeples to modern forms and schoolhouse-like buildings, the architecture isn’t the only difference in these churches—what takes place inside varies as well.
Back up about two thousand years. It’s the night before Jesus is crucified. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus gathers together his closest followers. Knowing the adversity that lies ahead, he prays with them and for them. Then he prays for future generations of Christians:
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father. . . . I have given them the glory that you gave…
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