The reality of the Christian Church today is that we are divided. The issues that we are divided on are so vast, and the fear we have for deception is so strong, that we do not know what to lay down as an opinion and what to uphold as the truth! There seems no hope for unity, and attempts at unity are looked upon with suspicion, as a tactic of the enemy to compromise the Faith.
The Church that Christ built is meant to be under one leadership, such that He gave instructions for what to do when there is a grievous disagreement within the Body (Matt 18:15-17). However, the practice of excommunication from fellowship looses its meaning, when there is no one visible BODY! Those who are kicked out from one fellowship, soon find acceptance elsewhere. And those who don’t find acceptance anywhere declare the apostasy of the Church, while still holding claim to true Christianity. Is the Church that Christ built still in existence, or have we once again all gone our own way?
Jesus taught us that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). He said that the world will know God sent Him, because of our unity (John 17:21), and they will know we are Christians because of our love (John 13:34-35). Is it a wonder that the world has rejected our witness? That they do not believe in Jesus, nor believe that we truly believe in Him ourselves? In fact, is Jesus still the centre of our worship, or is our Christianity simply modernised Judaism?
We agree that meeting together is important for our unity, and showing love to one and another, yet we proclaim assemblies different to our own to be in error. We are divided and at war. In this state, it is impossible for us to stand, especially given the opposition we face to our faith in Jesus. But what is impossible for men, is not impossible for God (Luke 18:27). We have to still strive for unity, pray for it, and work towards it!
We really need to do some unpacking. Some forsaking. We need to strip down this religion called Christianity, and come back to Christ – to His core message of salvation. That is where we have unity as Christians, and what distinguishes us from other religions. We have to stop trying to build our own churches, and look at the foundation we are building on… Otherwise, we will continue to propagate the divisions, as we build on mixed sand. We must build on the rock of Christ. Any other ground is sinking sand.
Let us repent of everything we have made equal to loving God. Let us repent of every division we have propagated, knowingly or unknowingly. Let us humbly go back to the cornerstone, and trust that God’s Spirit will illuminate His Way for us to walk in – together in unity. Let us trust Him to build His Church, and be content to be a lively stone in His hands (1 Pet 2:5).
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also” (1 John 4:18-21)
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