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Monday, January 21, 2013

Can’t We All Just Get Along…

The health of the Church has been troubling me. 

So much bickering INSIDE the church…inside each denomination as well as between denominations. 

It’s frustrating and sorrowful. 


Searching the scriptures has brought fresh revelation on UNITY within the Body of Christ.
Even in the early Church there was division. This is nothing new. 

1 Corinthians 3 Paul talks about building on the foundation of Christ instead of focusing on denominations. “I am of Paul” or “I am of Apollos”….In modern times that would read something like, “I’m Baptist”, “I’m Pentecostal”, “I’m Methodist” and so on. NO, you are Christian first. YOU are the temple of God.  Your denomination or what preacher you listen to won’t save you. Your only hope is in building on the foundation of the cross. Don’t get caught up in the details. 

Galatians 2 Paul confronted Peter about being a hypocrite, acting one way around one “denomination” and a different way around another “denomination”.  Paul was commissioned to go to the uncircumcised and Peter to the circumcised. But they both preached Christ’s grace. Today, part of the reason we have various denominations is there are various personality types. Some like modern praise music while others enjoy traditional hymns. Some enjoy multiple instruments while others prefer none. Some partake in communion weekly while others only on occasion. Some are more flamboyant while others are reserved. But all should be built upon the Word of God, upon the grace found in the Cross. THAT should be the foundation that unifies denominations.  We should focus more on our similarities and less on our differences. We should build each other up and not tear each other down.

Philippians 2 Paul repeatedly admonishes followers of Christ to have the same mind, be like minded or ‘stand fast in one spirit’. Why would he need to say this more than once if there wasn’t a real issue of disunity within the Body of Christ?
The call to follow Christ is an individual call; therefore your walk is an individual walk. Being born to Christian parents doesn’t make you a Christian. Going to Church, tithing or giving to missions doesn’t make you a Christian…answering the call to discipleship makes you a Christian. THAT’s the foundation the collective Body must build upon

We come together to share in our gifts, to edify each other, to be lights, to pray for each other and to carry each other’s burdens.  We shouldn’t come together for the purpose of getting our way, seeking approval from men, working our way to heaven, to tear others down, to gossip or any other carnal reason.

“…For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” 1 Cor 3:3 NKJV

For a while satan had me frustrated over the disunity I saw…God has shown me it’s going to happen but that I mustn’t lose heart. “There’s nothing new under the sun”…Paul had these problems but he kept pressing forward! 

That’s what the church must do today…press forward!

“…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:13-14 NKJV 

So to answer my question…no, we can’t all “just get along”. It’s never happened before and it won’t happen now. But we mustn’t get discouraged- that’s what satan wants. With Christ all things are possible. We press forward and let Christ work in us to complete what He started on the cross. He is our foundation and He is our goal!

 I can think of no greater thing to be unified about…can you?

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