But what good is power without money? Whenever kings had to depend on their nobles for wealth in medieval times they automatically were weakened — this is historically documented.
With respect to splits, take the Baptists and lets just focus on the conservatives and liberals.
Liberals say we only care about showing love so we abstract away from theological questions. Conservatives say theology remains important. Does this qualify as a theological split? I do not think so because there is no discussion of the theology only abstraction away from it.
Luther’s split involved disagreement on theology, disagreements he could assert and pose with confidence, assertions now largely tolerated if not accepted by the Catholic Church — think charismatic Catholics.
But consider the mega churches, most of which are non-denominational, all they typically assert is they have a ministry from God, which may well be true or not. These churches cannot be distinguished from each other by theology, but they are the most visible segments of organized church nowadays.
I know the big denominations disagree on theology, but these are not the most visible parts of organized church in today’s world.
Oh and by the way, if you were to find out how much of bad politics goes on in those theologically fragmented denominations, you just might never step foot in a church service ever again. More importantly, what exactly is the friction that prevents large denominations from attempting to converge on biblical truth? Power you say, which means control and money.
I know I sound dire, but the truth is, organized church largely has been hijacked by wolves in sheep’s clothing.
I do not think this is the time to be coy or cute. This is the time for shouting from the rooftops with hope Christians will hear and rouse themselves for meaningful change.
Thanks for engaging on the topic.