The number of Protestant denominations, is astounding. Some say more than 20,000. Is this a good thing? Scripture says that we can judge good things by their fruit:
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
So, how do we determine if this is a good fruit? One way, is to compare to what Jesus wanted? Let’s look at Scripture:
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Apparently, Jesus did not want more than one Church. He established one Church and wanted it to remain that way. When the Corinthians began to make divisions, here is what St. Paul admonished:
1 Corinthians 1:12 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. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Folks, there is only one Catholic Church. She is the city which Christ set on the hill so that all people could see her.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Protestants divide and divide again. But the Catholic Church continues to be one Body in Christ:
Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.