Is religious division the New Testament plan? Did our Lord Jesus Christ instruct His disciples to each go his own way in religious matters? God does not intend for the followers of Christ to be divided into sects, nor denominations. God is displeased with division, and He desires that all be united in Christ by speaking the same things. “Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same things, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. … Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? …” (I Cor. 1:10, 12-13). “Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 15:5, 6). Jesus prayed earnestly and fervently that all believers be one (cf. John 17:20-23) - not one person but one in name, faith, doctrine, practice and fellowship. The variety of churches existing today, each speaking and promoting different things and doctrines, is the opposite of the Lord’s plea in the New Testament.
The church of Christ is the spiritual body of Christ (Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18). The Lord has one church (Eph. 4:4-6). It is not a humanly devised organization with man-made traditions. The members of this spiritual body do not join it as one would a social club. Jesus built His church by the blood of the new covenant. Division is wrong. If all men would speak the same things, then there would be no division. Unity of Christ is achieved when all speak the oracles of God (cf. I Pet. 4:11). Therefore, we must abide by the truth. God’s revealed word is the truth.