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Christian Unity

Useless Debating's 

We as Christians can spend so much time debating and lecturing about this and that, getting caught up in our talk over Calvinism, Arminianism, post-tribulation, pre-tribulation, are we saved before baptism or during, and on it may go. We then build our churches with their own sets of rules, views and traditions, creating (1)denominational organizations complete with their own names of distinction. Well, is this not true? Don’t we label ourselves as Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Nazarenes, Evangelical Free, Greek Orthodox, Non-Denominational, Catholics and so on? God help us.

Now having said that, we may truly love our Lord and Savior from the heart. We may also be totally sincere in our faith as Christians, praying for the lost and other believers as well. However, at the same time, we are separating ourselves into our little groups, maybe even believing that we have a better handle on the truth than the other assembly down the street. And the sad part of it all, we do it in plain view of the world who is watching and maybe even (2)mocking.

But did not the Apostle Paul say that all this church labeling is (3)carnal? And did not God call us to be one in Christ and to dwell in (4)unity with fellow believers. Jesus (5)prayed for this Christian unity so that the world may see our love for one another and thus recognize that He truly came from the Father and that the Holy Spirit dwells in us.  And this unity can only be truly accomplished if we obey God by breaking down these dividing walls that we have made. Because let’s face it, if we don’t do it God may intervene and do it for us, and He may do it in a way that is totally unexpected.

Unity of Christian Churches

The (6)Syrian Christians were praying for revival and believing that God would do a great work in their land. They like us had their churches along with their different denominations. And then came the war with its bombings and its terrorists. Churches were destroyed and down came their denominational barriers that separated believers. Syrian Christians groups who at one time may have questioned each other’s salvation are now gathering for weekly prayers, asking God to move in their nation and in their churches. Now these same Christians continue to spread hope in the face of hopelessness, holding high not a political or denominational banner but the banner of Jesus Christ.

So, let us put away our own petty deference’s and all those things that can cause divisions and strife and seek the truth of God's word. For only in doing so can we find true biblical oneness and unity. For we are that (7)one body in the Lord with its many members who are called to function as a whole. There is a world of people out there who need to hear the gospel and we are to be the salt and a light to them. Isn’t that what we’re called to do? Aren’t we supposed to spread the love of Christ to the lost out there so that they may have eternal life also? So in all, let us fulfill our Lord's Prayer by being one in Him and fulfill the (8)great commission which is sharing the Gospel with the world.

Just a Reminder
We cannot put God in our own little theological box. Yes, sometimes we get up on our little (9)“soap box” and act like we (10)know everything, but the truth of the matter is we don’t. Let us remember that God’s (11)ways and thoughts are much higher than ours so let’s just humble ourselves before Him and let God be God. So let us quit leaning on our (12)own understanding of things and allow his Holy Spirit to teach us his truths. We must embrace the truth of his word, and take upon ourselves the (13)yoke of Jesus so that we can truly learn from him. For its only when we keep our eyes stayed on him can we be truly led by the Holy Spirit into all truths. And in all, let us remember what his word says to us: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.” (Deuteronomy 6:4 Sept). So if this is true with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, (5)we also must likewise be in unity with our God and with each other. Amen


One True Church
According to God’s word there is to be no divisions within the body of Christ. We are to be the one true Church, and this would include all our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. But, as noted above, there are so many denominations (any church that has a name of distinction is a division, whether you have one building or a multitude of them) that can cause one to come to the conclusion that we are separated from each other. If we examine the early church in the Bible, we would see first of all that they were only referred to as ether the “church that meets in your house” or to the name of that city that they were in (such as “To the church of the Thessalonians”).

Secondly, we would see that the Church was not run as a corporate organization which has a paid staff along with a building and other expenses. So, if this is the case, why are there so many churches around that operated in such a way? As we mentioned above, the early church met in in places such as people’s homes, fields or some available structure to take shelter in. This was ideal because there were no building expenses nor a large staff that was taking money from parishioners. Yes, it is true that we should help support those who labor to bring us God’s word, but the leadership position is not to be treated with a set salary as is in a corporation. Paul the apostle labored with his own hands as he was ministering to the church’s that God entrusted him with so that he would not be a burden on anyone.

Now, there is a third thing that has gone so wrong with the church of today and that is all these private Christian organizations that have formed. We have allowed the formation of these organization (such a Focus on the Family) to do the work that the church is supposed to do. Yes, this is so true. If we as a church would study our bible and walk after the Holy Spirit we would not have to rely on any of these private Christian organization. Because let’s face it, they have staff that’s relying on our donations to pay not only for the ones they are reaching out to, but for their employees as well as for their building and material costs. So, just think of all the money we could channel to those who are in need if we would only meet for church in our own homes instead of expensive buildings. This would allow us to be more effective in our ministry to reach out to our surrounding community instead of relying on these expensive organizations to do the work for us.

In closing I like to say, I do love all my brothers and sisters in Christ. However, I want to bring to light our need to get back to basics. We have all strayed from God’s ideal on how the church should conduct itself. So, let’s learn from His Holy Spirit as Christ shows us the way. But regardless of all these issues, God is still so in love with us and His presence is with us. He is working through us His children even with our petty differences and views. And yes, even though we made somewhat of a mess of the church here in America or even around the world, we can still turn things around by following after His leading. And let’s pray that we do. Amen. 


Reference Notes:

  1. Denomination: a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices.
  2. You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," as it is written. (Romans 2:23-24)
  3. And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal? (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)
  4. Behold now, what is so good or so pleasant as for brothers to dwell together in unity? It is like fragrant oil running down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down upon the border of his garment; it is like the dew of Hermon, running down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing and life forever. (Psalm 132:1-3 Sept.)
  5. "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:20-23)
  6. Voice of the Martyrs November 2013 issue on Syria by P. Todd Nettleton
  7. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. ... Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27)
  8. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
  9. Soap Box: a box or small platform that someone stands on to give a speech to people in an outdoor, public place; quoted from www.Merriam-Webster.com
  10. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. (1 Corinthians 8:2)
  11. (a)Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! "For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?" "Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?" For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36) (b)“For My counsels are not as your counsels, neither are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. But as heaven is distant from earth, so is My way distant from your ways, and your thoughts from My mind. (Isaiah 55:8-9 Sept.) (c)The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:28 Sept.)
  12. Trust in God with all your heart, and do not exalt your own wisdom. In all your ways know wisdom, that she may cut a straight path for you; and your foot will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:5-6 Sept.)
  13. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

Behold now, what is so good or so pleasant as for brothers to dwell together in unity? 

(Psalm 132:1 Sept.)

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