Would Jesus actually want Christianity to be divided in denominations?

No, Jesus wants us to be of one Lord, one faith one baptism.

Ephesians 4:4-6

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The perspective Jesus has on mankind being one with God is best seen in the entirety of John 17, but the specific context is in verse 18–23.

John 17:18–23

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The schism of religion is what has divided believers and is the cause of such a break in the faith, which has resulted in so many different belief systems.

 

This is a masterful tactic of Satan, which in and of itself has caused the apostasy and such confusion among believers.

 

One example is the reformation of Martin Luther in the 16th-century that was a religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered Catholic Church in Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the continent in the modern era.

In northern and central Europe, reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry VIII challenged papal authority and questioned the Catholic Church’s ability to define Christian practice. They argued for a religious and political redistribution of power into the hands of Bible. This triggered wars, persecutions and the so-called Counter-Reformation. The Thirty Years’ War alone may have cost Germany 40 percent of its population.

Christians are the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new Pew Research Center demographic analysis.

 

There religious population of the world is in excess of 7 billion people, Christianity is responsible for 2.42 billion of this population.

When we talk about what the Lord wants, He wants everyone to be on the same page, the schism of the faith that exist in the World is a dynamic one. To offer a perspective on the effectiveness of Satans deceptions and ability to create these schisms, consider this partial break down of the divergent belief systems within Christianity.

 

  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal - 160 million

  • International Alliance of Catholic Knights - 150 million

  • Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima - 20 million

  • Legion of Mary (active and auxiliary) - 10 million

  • International Catholic Conference of Scouting - 8 million

  • Cursillo - 5 million

  • Militia Immaculatae - 3 million

  • Knights of Columbus - 1.9 million

  • Neocatechumenal Way - 1 million

  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - 0.8 million

  • Secular Franciscan Order - 0.4 million

  • Focolare Movement - 0.14 million

  • Opus Dei - 0.095 million

  • Community of Sant'Egidio - 0.05 million

  • Regnum Christi - 0.02 million

  • Personal Ordinariate for former Anglicans - 0.009 million

Eastern Catholic Churches - 16.3 million

  • Alexandrian RiteEthiopian Catholic Church - 0.2 million

  • Coptic Catholic Church - 0.2 million

  • Eritrean Catholic Church - 0.2 million

  • Antiochene RiteMaronite Catholic Church - 3.1 million

  • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church - 0.4 million

  • Syriac Catholic Church - 0.1 million

  • Armenian RiteArmenian Catholic Church - 0.4 million

  • Chaldean RiteSyro-Malabar Catholic Church - 3.8 million

  • Chaldean Catholic Church - 0.4 million

  • Byzantine RiteUkrainian Greek Catholic Church - 4.3 million

  • Melkite Greek Catholic Church - 1.3 million

  • Romanian Greek Catholic Church - 0.7 million

  • Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church - 0.5 million

  • Hungarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.3 million

  • Slovak Greek Catholic Church - 0.2 million

  • Italo-Albanian Catholic Church - 0.1 million

  • Belarusian Greek Catholic Church - 0.1 million

  • Byzantine Catholic Church of Croatia and Serbia - 0.05 million

  • Georgian Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million

  • Albanian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million

  • Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million

  • Greek Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million

  • Macedonian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million

  • Russian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million

Protestantism - 920 million - The second largest major group of Christians after the Catholic Church by number of followers.

  • Baptist churches - 75-105 million

  • Southern Baptist Convention - 15.2 million

  • National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. - 7.5 million

  • Nigerian Baptist Convention - 5.0 million

  • National Missionary Baptist Convention of America - 3.1 million

  • National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. - 3.1 million

  • Baptist Union of Uganda - 2.5 million

  • Baptist Community of Western Congo - 2.1 million

  • Baptist General Convention of Texas - 2.1 million

  • Baptist Convention of Tanzania - 2.0 million

  • Brazilian Baptist Convention - 1.6 million

  • Progressive National Baptist Convention - 1.5 million

  • Baptist Bible Fellowship International - 1.2 million

  • American Baptist Churches USA - 1.2 million

  • Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention - 1.1 million

  • Baptist Community of the Congo River - 1.1 million

  • National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A. - 1.0 million

  • Myanmar Baptist Convention - 1.0 million

  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship - 0.8 million

  • Baptist General Association of Virginia - 0.6 million

  • Baptist Convention of Kenya - 0.6 million

  • Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India - 0.6 million

  • Nagaland Baptist Church Council - 0.6 million

  • Korea Baptist Convention - 0.5 million

  • Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches - 0.5 million

  • Orissa Evangelical Baptist Crusade - 0.5 million

  • National Baptist Convention (Brazil) - 0.4 million

  • Church of Christ in Congo–Baptist Community of Congo - 0.4 million

  • Baptist Convention of Malawi - 0.3 million

  • Garo Baptist Convention - 0.3 million

  • Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches - 0.3

  • Ghana Baptist Convention - 0.3

  • Union of Baptist Churches in Rwanda - 0.3 million

  • American Baptist Association - 0.3 million

  • Baptist Missionary Association of America - 0.2 million

  • Conservative Baptist Association of America - 0.2 million

  • National Association of Free Will Baptists - 0.2 million

  • Convention of Visayas and Mindanao of Southern Baptist Churches - 0.2 million

  • Manipur Baptist Convention - 0.2 million

  • Baptist Community in Central Africa - 0.2 million

  • Lutheranism - 70-90 million

  • Evangelical Church in Germany - 21.9 million

  • Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus - 8.3 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - 6.5 million

  • Church of Sweden - 6.3 million

  • United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India - 4.5 million

  • Batak Christian Protestant Church - 4.5 million

  • Church of Denmark - 4.4 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland - 4.0 million

  • Church of Norway - 3.8 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - 3.8 million

  • Malagasy Lutheran Church - 3.0 million

  • Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod - 2.2 million

  • The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria - 2.2 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea - 1.2 million

  • Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil - 0.7 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia - 0.7 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa - 0.6 million

  • The Protestant Christian Church - 0.5 million

  • The Indonesian Christian Church - 0.5 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia - 0.4 million

  • Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod - 0.4 million

  • Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ - 0.4 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon - 0.3 million

  • Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria - 0.3 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe - 0.3 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia - 0.3 million

  • Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia - 0.3 million

  • North American Lutheran Church - 0.2 million

  • Church of Iceland - 0.2 million

  • Simalungun Protestant Christian Church - 0.2 million

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil - 0.2 million

  • Protestant Church of Augsburg Confession of Alsace and Lorraine - 0.2 million

  • The Lutheran Council of Great Britain - 0.2 million

  • Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia - 0.2 million

  • Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Hungary - 0.2 million

  • Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church - 0.2 million

  • Methodism - 60-80 million

  • United Methodist Church - 12 million

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church - 2.5 million

  • Church of the Nazarene - 2 million

  • Methodist Church Nigeria - 2 million

  • Methodist Church of Southern Africa - 1.7 million

  • Korean Methodist Church - 1.5 million

  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church - 1.5 million

  • The Salvation Army - 1.4 million

  • United Methodist Church of Ivory Coast - 1 million

  • Free Methodist Church - 0.9 million

  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - 0.9 million

  • Methodist Church Ghana - 0.8 million

  • Methodist Church in India - 0.6 million

  • Methodist Church in Kenya - 0.5 million

  • Wesleyan Church - 0.4 million

  • Evangelical Free Church of America - 0.4 million

  • Methodist Church of Great Britain - 0.3 million

  • Methodist Church in Brazil - 0.2 million

  • Calvinism (Reformed churches) - 55-85 million

  • Presbyterianism - 40-50 million

  • Presbyterian Church of East Africa - 4.0 million

  • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria - 3.8 million

  • Presbyterian Church of Africa - 3.4 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Korea (HapDong) - 3.0 million

  • Presbyterian Church of Korea (TongHap) - 2.9 million

  • National Presbyterian Church in Mexico - 2.8 million

  • Church of Christ in Congo–Presbyterian Community of Congo - 2.5 million

  • United Church of Canada - over 2.0 million

  • Presbyterian Church (USA) - 1.8 million

  • Presbyterian Church of Cameroon - 1.8 million

  • Presbyterian Church of India - 1.3 million

  • Church of Central Africa Presbyterian - 1.3 million

  • Church of Scotland - 1.1 million

  • Presbyterian Church of Brazil - 1.0 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Sudan - 1.0 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Cameroon - 0.7 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Korea (HapDongBoSu II.) - 0.7 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Korea (BaekSeok) - 0.6 million

  • Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana - 0.6 million

  • United Church of Christ in the Philippines - 0.5 million

  • Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa - 0.5 million

  • Presbyterian Church in America - 0.4 million

  • Presbyterian Church of Pakistan - 0.4 million

  • Korean Presbyterian Church - 0.4 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Korea (Koshin) - 0.4 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland - 0.3 million

  • Uniting Church in Australia - 0.3 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Rwanda - 0.3 million

  • Presbyterian Church in Taiwan - 0.3 million

  • Continental Reformed churches - 20-30 million

  • Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar - 3.5 million

  • Protestant Church in Indonesia - 3.1 million

  • United Church in Zambia - 3.0 million

  • Protestant Church in the Netherlands - 2.5 million

  • Evangelical Church of Cameroon - 2.5 million

  • Swiss Reformed Church - 2.4 million

  • Christian Evangelical Church in Timor - 2.0 million

  • Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (NGK) - 1.1 million

  • Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa - 0.7 million

  • United Church in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands - 0.6 million

  • Protestant Church in Western Indonesia - 0.6 million

  • Evangelical Christian Church in Tanah Papua - 0.6 million

  • Protestant Church of Maluku - 0.6 million

  • Reformed Church in Hungary - 0.6 million

  • Reformed Church in Romania - 0.6 million

  • Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa - 0.5 million

  • Toraja Church - 0.4 million

  • Reformed Church of France - 0.4 million

  • Lesotho Evangelical Church - 0.3 million

  • Evangelical Christian Church in Halmahera - 0.3 million

  • Evangelical Reformed Church in Angola - 0.3 million

  • Christian Church of Sumba - 0.3 million

  • Karo Batak Protestant Church - 0.3 million

  • Reformed Church in America - 0.3 million

  • Christian Reformed Church in North America - 0.3 million

  • Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria - 0.3 million

  • Reformed Church in Zambia - 0.3 million

  • Kalimantan Evangelical Church - 0.2 million

  • Javanese Christian Church - 0.2 million

  • Indonesia Christian Church - 0.2 million

  • Church of Christ in the Sudan Among the Tiv - 0.2 million

  • Church of Lippe - 0.2 million

  • Evangelical Church of Congo - 0.2 million

  • Evangelical Church of Gabon - 0.2 million

  • Christian Evangelical Church of Sangihe Talaud - 0.2 million

  • Central Sulawesi Christian Church - 0.2 million

  • Evangelical Reformed Church in Bavaria and Northwestern Germany - 0.2 million

  • Congregationalism - 5 millionUnited Church of Christ - 1.2 million

  • Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola - 0.9 million

  • United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - 0.5 million

  • Anabaptism - 4.0 million

  • Mennonites - 2.1 million

  • Schwarzenau Brethren/German Baptists - 1.5 million

  • Amish - 0.3 millionHutterites - 0.05 million

  • Hussites - 1 million

  • Moravians - 0.825 million

  • Czechoslovak Hussite Church - 0.14 million

  • Unity of the Brethren - 0.035 million

  • Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) - 0.4 million

Modern Protestantism - 400-500 million

  • Pentecostalism - 280 million

  • Assemblies of God - 67 million

  • Apostolic Church - 15 million

  • Fangcheng Fellowship - 12 million

  • International Circle of Faith - 11 million

  • China Gospel Fellowship - 10 million

  • Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) - 6 million

  • International Church of the Foursquare Gospel - 9 million

  • Church of God in Christ - 6.5 million

  • Jesus is Lord Church - 6 million

  • International Pentecostal Holiness Church - 4 million

  • United Pentecostal Church International - 4 million

  • The Pentecostal Mission - 2.5 million

  • Christian Congregation of Brazil - 2.5 million

  • True Jesus Church - 2.5 million

  • The Church of Pentecost - 2.1 million

  • Universal Church of the Kingdom of God - 2 million

  • Pentecostal Assemblies of the World - 1.5 million

  • Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa - 1.2 million

  • Church of God of Prophecy - 1.5 million

  • Association of Pentecostal Churches of Rwanda - 1 million

  • God is Love Pentecostal Church - 0.8 million

  • Nondenominational evangelicalism - 80 million

  • Calvary Chapel - 25 million

  • Born Again Movement - 3 million

  • Association of Vineyard Churches - 15 million

  • Christian and Missionary Alliance - 4 million

  • Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) - 1.2 million

  • African initiated Protestant churches - 60 million

  • Zion Christian Church - 15 million

  • Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim - 10 million

  • Kimbanguist Church - 5.5 million

  • Church of the Lord (Aladura) - 3.6 million

  • Council of African Instituted Churches - 3 million

  • Church of Christ Light of the Holy Spirit - 1.4 million

  • African Church of the Holy Spirit - 0.7 million

  • African Israel Church Nineveh - 0.5 million

  • Seventh-day Adventist Church - 20.0 million

  • New Apostolic Church - 10 million

  • Chinese-originated and Chinese Independent Churches – 10 million

Anglicanism - 85 million

  • Church of England - 25.0 million

  • Church of Nigeria - 18.0 million

  • Church of Uganda - 8.1 million

  • Anglican Church of Kenya - 5.0 million

  • Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan - 4.5 million

  • Anglican Church of Australia - 3.9 million

  • Church of South India - 3.8 million

  • Anglican Church of Southern Africa - 2.3 million

  • Episcopal Church in the United States - 2.1 million

  • Anglican Church of Tanzania - 2.0 million

  • Anglican Church of Canada - 2.0 million

  • Church of North India - 1.5 million

  • Anglican Church of Rwanda - 1.0 million

  • Church of the Province of Central Africa - 0.9 million

  • Anglican Church of Burundi - 0.8 million

  • Church in the Province of the West Indies - 0.8 million

  • Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia - 0.5 million

  • Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean - 0.5 million

  • Church of Christ in Congo–Anglican Community of Congo - 0.5 million

  • Church of Pakistan - 0.5 million

  • Church of Ireland - 0.4 million

  • Church of the Province of West Africa - 0.3 million

  • Anglican Church of Melanesia - 0.2 million

  • Continuing Anglican movement and independent churches - 0.6 million

  • Traditional Anglican Communion - 0.4 million

  • Anglican Church in North America - 0.1 million

  • Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa - 0.1 million

  • Eastern Orthodox Church - 270 million

  • Autocephalous churches - 224 million

  • Russian Orthodox Church - 150 million

  • Romanian Orthodox Church - 23 million

  • Church of Greece - 15 million

  • Serbian Orthodox Church - 11.5 million

  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 10 million

  • Georgian Orthodox Church - 3.5 million

  • Greek Orthodox Church of Constantinople - 3.5 million

  • Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch - 2.5 million

  • Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 1.5 million

  • Orthodox Church in America - 1.2 million

  • Polish Orthodox Church - 1 million

  • Albanian Orthodox Church - 0.8 million

  • Church of Cyprus - 0.7 million

  • Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem - 0.14 million

  • Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church - 0.07 million

Autonomous churches - 13 million

  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) - 7.2 million

  • Moldovan Orthodox Church - 3.2 million

  • Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - 1.25 million

  • Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia - 0.62 million

  • Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric - 0.34 million

  • Estonian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) - 0.3 million

  • Finnish Orthodox Church - 0.08 million

  • Chinese Orthodox Church - 0.03 million

  • Japanese Orthodox Church - 0.02 million

  • Latvian Orthodox Church - 0.02 million

Non-universally recognized churches - 27 million

  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) - 19.5 million

  • Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 0.8 million

  • Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 2.4 million

  • Macedonian Orthodox Church - 2 million

  • Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance) - 0.75 million

  • Old Calendarist Romanian Orthodox Church - 0.50 million

  • Old Calendar Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 0.45 million

  • Orthodox Church in Italy - 0.12 million

  • Montenegrin Orthodox Church - 0.05 million

Other separated Orthodox groups - 13 million

  • Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 5.5 million

  • Old Believers - 5.5 million

  • Greek Old Calendarists - 0.86 million

  • True Orthodox Church - 0.85 million

  • Evangelical Orthodox Church - 0.07 million

Oriental Orthodoxy – 86 million

  • Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 48 million

  • Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 15.5 million

  • Armenian Apostolic Church - 9 million

  • Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 6 million

  • Holy See of Cilicia - 1.5 million

  • Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople - 0.5-0.7 million

  • Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 0.34 million

  • Syriac Orthodox Church - 6.6 million

  • Jacobite Syrian Christian Church - 1.2 million

  • Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 2.5 million

  • Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church - 2 million

  • French Coptic Orthodox Church - 0.01 million

  • Churches not in communion - 1 million

  • Mar Thoma Syrian Church - 1.1 million

  • Malabar Independent Syrian Church - 0.06 million

  • British Orthodox Church - 0.01 million

Restorationism and Nontrinitarianism - 35 million

  • Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) - 16.1 million

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 15.9 million

  • Community of Christ - 0.25 million

  • Jehovah's Witnesses - 8.3 million

  • Oneness Pentecostalism - 6 million

  • United Pentecostal Church International - 4 million

  • Pentecostal Assemblies of the World - 1.5 million

Minor denominations - 4.4 million

  • Iglesia ni Cristo - 2.3 million

  • La Luz del Mundo - 1 million

  • Unitarian Universalism - 0.6 million

  • Unitarian Universalist Association - 0.2 million
    (Unitarian Universalism developed out of Christian traditions but no longer identifies as a Christian denomination.)

  • Church of Christ, Scientist - 0.4 million

  • Friends of Man - 0.07 million

  • Christadelphians - 0.06 million

  • Family International - 0.01 million

Independent Catholicism - 18 million

Various denominations self-identifying as Catholic, despite not being affiliated with the Catholic Church itself.

  • Philippine Independent Church - 6 million

  • Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association - 5 million

  • Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church - 5 million

  • Traditionalist Mexican-American Catholic Church - 2 million

  • Old Catholic Church - 0.1 million

  • Polish National Catholic Church - 0.025 million

  • Apostolic Catholic Church - 0.005 million

  • Palmarian Catholic Church - 0.0015 or 0.001 million

Minor branches - 1 million

Church of the East (Nestorianism) - 0.6 million

  • Assyrian Church of the East - 0.5 million

  • Ancient Church of the East - 0.1 million

  • Messianic Judaism - 0.35 million

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