Let There Be NO DIVISION Among You!
A Truth We MOCK in the Church USA!
I Cor 1:10 Reformation-II 2
Paul Magnifies Unity!
Paul, perhaps the Greatest of New Testament Apostles, commands UNITY in the STRONGEST of language:
‘Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (I Cor 1:10)
Let’s break this Scripture down into individual commands and see HOW GREAT is Paul’s teaching to us!
1] That ye ALL!
2] Speak the SAME THING!
3] That there be NO DIVISION among you!
4] That ye ALL be JOINED TOGETHER!
6] That ye ALL be of the SAME MIND,
7] That ye ALL be of the SAME JUDGEMENT!
When we look at this list we nearly gasp in amazement, and ask, facetiously:
• Was Paul SERIOUS?
• Was Paul SANE?
• Was Paul SPEAKING under INSPIRATION?
The answer to all three questions is “YES!”
When WE AMERICANS consider how denominations disagree-in-diatribe with each other, when WE AMERICANS consider how Churches within the same denomination disagree with each other, when WE AMERICANS consider how Independent Churches disagree with each other and most all denominations – we then have to ask – “Were PEOPLE THE SAME in Paul’s day as they are today?”
The wisest of all human ever to live answers this one for us regarding human nature: ‘There is NOTHING new under the Sun!’ (Ecc 1:9) So the answer to this question is also “YES!” Our amazement occurs because we American Christians have a head-full of what WE BELIEVE are our “God-given-rights” when in TRUTH – they are AMERICANISMS – as false in doctrine as can be, leading millions of American Christians astray! EXAMPLES:
I] I HAVE A RIGHT to ‘My own opinion!’
II] I HAVE A RIGHT to ‘Make up my own mind!’
III] I HAVE A RIGHT to ‘Believe whatever I want to!’
IV] I HAVE A RIGHT to ‘Follow my own conscience!’
While ALL ARE TRUE for American NON-CHRISTIANS, NONE ARE TRUE for true-Christians!
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Let There Be NO DIVISION Among You!
A Truth We MOCK in the Church USA!
I I Cor1:10 Reformation-II 2
Americanisms! Instead of Americanisms, for the child of God, TRUTH is as follows:
I] Instead of ‘I HAVE A RIGHT to my own opinion!’, God says we have a right to HIS OPINION – NOT to our human nature opinion: ‘There is a way which seemeth right unto a person, but the ENDS thereof are the WAYS of DEATH!’ (Pro 14:12 & 16:25).
II] Instead of ‘I HAVE A RIGHT to make up my own mind!’ God says forget your own corrupt mind, and ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus!’ (Php 2:5)
III] Instead of ‘I HAVE A RIGHT to believe whatever I want to!’ God says ‘REPENT ye (CHANGE YOUR MIND) and believe the gospel!’ (Mrk 1:15)
IV] Instead of ‘I HAVE A RIGHT to follow of my own conscience!’ ‘Then said Jesus . . . If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’ (Mat 16:24)
A Greater Sin Than Division! Yet there is a GREATER SIN than ‘being dividing’: that of NOT EVEN CARING THAT WE ARE DIVIDED! If anything is LOW PRIORITY on the whole Christian agenda it is UNITY!• Do you know a denomination with ‘UNITY of ALL Believers’ in the doctrine?• Do you know a Church with ‘UNITY of ALL Believers’ in Articles of Faith?• There are FAITH preachers, HEALING preachers, SALVATION preachers, preachers of EVERY eschatological stripe: but do you know of a single UNITY preacher?•
• There are ‘Para-Church-Organizations’ for every issue under the Sun: from anti-abortion, pro-marriage, anti-gay-rights, pro-children, home-schooling, anti-government-schooling, homes-for-battered-wives-&-unwed-mothers, pro-life, anti-pornography, clean-water-&-food for the hungry, adopting orphans, building homes, buying and freeing slaves, hospitals and clinics, schools and colleges, Bibles for missions, plastic surgery for children, AIDS, malaria, etc., For some of these issues there are 50-100’s of different groups!
• DOES ANY ONE KNOW OF EVEN ONE ORGANIZATION, that works to bring together EVERY GROUP believing-&-teaching as follows: There is NO SALVATION apart from Believing in Jesus as the Christ!
The point is Sinfully Simple: The CHURCH-USA is extremely divided,and EXTREMELY UNCONCERNED about being extremely divided!
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• We are SO FOOLISH! ‘Ye BLIND GUIDES which STRAIN at a gnat and swallow a camel!’ said Jesus, in Mat 23:24, all the while trying to convince the world we are not only ‘wise, but Christ-like’!
1] Claiming to be Protestant or Catholic 2] Claiming to be non-Protestant & non-Catholic 3] Claiming to be Denominational Membership [Lutheran , Methodist, etc.] 4] Claiming to be of a Doctrinal Persuasion: [Calvinist, Arminian, Baptist, etc.] 5] Claiming to be Independent, Inter-denominational
6] Claiming to be a movement: Charismatic, Pentecostal, Vineyard, Calvary Chapel 7] Claiming to be Free-Will, Bible Church 8] Claiming to be KJV vs. New American Standard vs. International, etc. 9] Claiming to be Old-fashioned vs. Modern 10] Claiming to be Southern Gospel, Traditional, or Contemporary Music
11] Claiming to be Pre-millennial, A-Millennial, Post-Millennial, etc. 12] Claiming to be Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, No-Trib 13] Claiming to be American, German, Indian, French, Mexican, etc. 14] Claiming to be African-American, Caucasian-American, Native-American, etc. 15] Claiming to be A Republican Christian, Democratic Christian, Libertarian,
Isn’t this enough: “I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart, I believe in Him as the Christ, the Only-begotten-Son-of-God, His Crucifixion, Resurrection & Returning to Rule, His Word, His Church, and His Mighty Name: He IS the way, the Truth & the Life!”
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Php 2:12
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Php 2:13
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Php 2:14
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Php 2:15
Ro 8:19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the MANIFESTation of the sons of God.
Commanded To Unity:Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:- Apostle Paul, Ephesians 4.13
I ask you to consider carefully HOW the Scripture mandates us to unity. It doesn’t mention denomination, speaking in tongues, predestination, believing in a literal devil [or even eternal hell-fire], baptism mode, women preachers, Saturday Sabbath, calling Father God Jehovah, music in the church, style of music, use of word apostles, etc.
Scripture says TILL we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God: not knowledge of the whole counsel of God, but the SON OF GOD!
No matter how important other doctrines are to you, and even though they are of extreme importance to understanding salvation, GOD HIMSELF asks us to LAY ASIDE SECONDARY ISSUES and FOCUS ON HIS SON: CHRISTIANITY IS ABOUT JESUS – not about YOU & YOUR PET BELIEFS!!!
CHRITIANITY IS ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS – Not about things connected to Jesus! CHRITIANITY IS ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS – Not about style of worship music! CHRITIANITY IS ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS – Not priests, robes, or even tattoos! CHRITIANITY IS ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS – Not about the rapture or Bible version!
Allow me to shock you! CHRISTIANITY IS NOT EVEN ABOUT THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS! The Virgin Birth is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to all things Evangelical including me. The TRUTH is, however – if we can handle it – is that NO ONE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT EVER PREACHED, or EVEN MENTIONED THE VIRGIN BIRTH TO ANYON: EVER! Neither Peter, Paul, James, John, Mark, Jude, nor even Jesus Himself - ever mentioned His Virgin Birth to anyone, private or public, that we know of!
PREACH JESUS!!! EXALT JESUS!!! STAND FOR JESUS!!! LIVE FOR JESUS!!! AND IF NEED BE, DIE FOR JESUS!!!
The GOOD NEWS is: We can do this! For the first time,We Christians have a 400-year-old “SECRET INSTRUMENT” to unite us!
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What right do we have to add ANY doctrine to ‘faith in, and knowledge of the Son of God’, that would divide those who LOVE Jesus, HONOR Jesus, WORSHIP Jesus, PRAISE Jesus, SERVE Jesus and BELIEVE in Jesus?
Jesus continually asked One Great Question – to which the CORRECT ANSWER brings ETERNAL LIFE: “Whom do men say that I am?”
CAN WE AGREE,that the historical Jesus of Nazareth, IS the Son of God, the Christ of God, and Saviour of the World, Crucified, Risen, Reigning, and Returning to Rule,KING of Kings & LORD of Lords?
In any union-confederate-accord-league-covenant-etc,‘Will Of Majority’ is not always right, but ‘Will Of Majority’ must always prevail
– in practice, even if precepts are continuously disputed – as the strength of any civil body politic, can neither exceed
A] the commitment of LEADERS TO EACH OTHER to Speak-&-Act-With-One-Voice,B] nor followers’ commitment TO THEIR LEADERS: with ALL committed whole-heartedly to Law determined by Will Of Majority!
The only alternative to the Will Of Majorityis infighting, schism, separation, division, diminishing & demise of the Church,!- Author
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