I am trying to understand the importance / unimportance of denominations in the Christian faith. I understand the primary christian doctrines and issues that we should all agree on but shouldn’t we also agree on secondary issues as well? Is it just the human sinful factor that does not allow us to be under one true, right umbrella? If one of the purposes in following Christ is to be seeking truth, why do we bend on secondary issues? Why the split into all these different denominations? Is it the lack of proper expository preaching? Is it a failure in pastoral leadership? Is it just that parts of Gods word are not clear to us yet? As I look at a few verses in scripture… 1 Corinthians 12:12, John 17:23, 1 Timothy 4:16…
There are more references and I hope I have not used these out of context. I do not want to be 96% correct on my theology but 100 %. I know my sin prevents me from hitting the target but should we not be be aiming at the right target? God does not want us to be disobedient to his word. He wants us to get it right. When does trying to believe in the true faith and doctrines cross the line into legalism and when is it just the faithful elect obeying Gods word the best they can? Is the verse in Mathew 7: 13-14, dealing with how we treat each other, in some way calling for unity and not separation into different dominations? Again I hope any scripture verses I have cited have not been used out of context. Thank you for any insight or resources you could suggest on this subject. God Bless.