We all know that vision has the ability to unite, yet if we look at the church today, we find many different denominations with many different interpretations of God’s Vision.
Denominations are formed when people align themselves with the teaching of a specific person or group. They may say “I follow Luther” or “I follow Wesley” .
This is no different to when Paul rebuked the Corinthian church for being carnal.
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
1 Corinthians 3:4 (KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:10-12 (KJV)
God wants us to be united in one body with one spirit and one hope. A body cannot pull in different directions. One body must have one vision, not divisions.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 4:4 (KJV)
When building a house the builder will employ bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters and glaziers. Each one has a very different function to perform, but they are all united by a common vision. Imagine a vision great enough to unite the church, a common purpose that will bring denominations together. God’s life-giving vision can.
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
1 Corinthians 3:4-8 (NIV)
There can only be one vision for the body of Christ. Every Christian church, church leader and believer should pursue one purpose, one vision – God’s Vision!
Although initially meaning well, denominations have split the body apart. There are currently approximately 40 000 Christian denominations in the world. We have divisions, but it is time to see God’s Vision and unite in one body with one Spirit! The result will be good and pleasant.
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.
Psalms 133:1-3 (KJV)
 International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol.33 No.1, denominations have increased from 500 in 1800 to 40 000 in mid 2009.