I was asked once before why is their so much division in the church. Let me be clear as Paul was clear. 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth(1 Corinthians 3:4-7). This can be seen through the denominations of the church. Just the same, “Christians” who profess with their mouths but not their lives. Now again, within denominations some have a difference in opinion about certain topics such as pre tribulation, post tribulation rapture, others about holidays and etc.
Now to properly state or see that one is Christian is by the bases of the belief. Sola scriptura, the bible being God’s word. Belief in God as creator that God is one, but also understanding the trinity is laid out in scripture, three persons, each holy, each with their own purpose in subordination, all God, not three God’s but one. Belief in necessary sacrifice of Jesus while also seeing we are saved by grace through faith, not works but recognizing faith produces works, for faith without works is dead. It is a view and in knowing God has allowed us to be saved by his work not our own.
In my stand, I can state, I’m Christian, but my understanding is strictly biblical, I am an apologist in the faith and for the most part my understanding leans more to a calvinist/reformed view but not entirely. I do believe in post tribulation rapture. I don’t celebrate holidays on a personal note because I see everyday for the Lord, but just as Paul exclaimed, there will be some who set a day as Holy and that is fine but also be aware of the customs used or how you do it, research it. Though I can say I would exchange gifts on Christmas but it is as a sign of respect or to show love, even if there’s a day set, I would gift whenever and however, regardless of date. Just the same like I stated before, there are many who claim they are Christian or say they believe in God but just claiming and “believing” does not mean you are born again or saved. As well, there are cults or factions who claim they are Christian but are not, mormons and etc.
The division people claim to see or see, is for the most part, American Christianity. Outside of the states it would seem one who calls themselves Christian are persecuted, live lives fully for God, and etc. We toss the title around to make us seem righteous. We’re not perfect. Just the same, there are those who lead others astray, false teachers, and many stray from the faith. We are the church, the people, and though it may appear to be divided, it is not. But as well we help others see the truth and lead them back to fellowship if they are astray. Though you may see “denominations” we believe in the core understanding and teaching of scripture. We are the body, each a different part, but coming together as a whole, used differently to glorify God, the church. Don’t be so quick to say we are divided or think differently because of one who claims their Christian, let their fruits be shown by their life.