There are approximately 38,000 Christian denominations and only one John 17

Thanks to Stuart for this,

Salem News today has this article:

During the past nineteen hundred years over four thousand different Christian religious denominations, organizations, and movements, have evolved in the world. These four thousand we call main line groups. Go outside of these main line movements and the number of groups cannot be counted.

A great number of these main line groups have developed their own individual plans of salvation.

Between these four thousand movements we estimate somewhere between one hundred and two hundred different plans of salvation are believed to be the true salvation plan of God.

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You should read his commentary on the link above. He also has another article which calls for unity against Islam. We forget that the fastest growing religion in the world is not Islam, but Christianity. It is often under reported (pick your reason), but in fact, Christianity is exploding in places where it is facing the toughest persecution. Pakistan, India and other places are seeing Christianity rise. The only commonality there, for an enemy, is sin.

Unfortunately, in the West, we’ve had the freedom to combat the only common enemy – each other. Sin was removed from the individual and placed upon doctrines and dogmas. And for what good purpose? Christianity is divided and is continuing to divide further and to what end? What has our doctrinal disputations accomplished? Our hierarchical structures? Have we done the good works of Christ? Have we sought unity? Have we kept to the bare minimum of essentials, and in all things, ‘charity’?

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. (John 17:9-11 NLT)

I guess instead of overcoming the world, we are really overcoming Christ.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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