Quick Thought on Unity
Something that has always troubled me in Jesus’ Church:
I see guys read and quote C S Lewis, Spurgeon, Calvin, Wesley, and Watchman Nee, all the time, but they won’t fellowship with their Calvinist, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, Church of God, Baptist, or Non-Denominational Brothers and Sisters in Christ who live and serve right down the road.
A preacher and body of believers who are alive and on the front lines would be a blessing to fellowship with and co-labor with…so who’s missing out? The Church Body.
See, when the Bible refers to the Church in the New Testament (and forgive me for not getting all “Greeky” with you), it can be the Bride of Christ or the local assembly. You can always tell by the context. Bottom line: If someone is saved by the grace of God, has placed their faith in the Finished Work of Grace that Christ did on Calvary – then they are born into God’s Big Family and part of the Church, the Body of Christ. Sure, the Bible talks about physical, local assemblies at times.
But, did you notice the difference? One is a spiritual body, the other is it’s physical assembly on earth. Spiritually, the saved are all part of the body of Christ. Physically, we meet in smaller bodies. But, nowhere, does God tell us that the physical gatherings should cause us to chop up and divide the spiritual body of Christ.
Want to know what keeps America from revival? Our worldliness, our pride, our placing of everything above the Gospel and Unity with all of those who have called on Christ for salvation.
Is HE really the ONE TRUE GOD? Yes. Do His children sometimes disagree on some areas of the Bible? Yes. Does HE still want us to dwell together in UNITY? Yes!
Why is it that we will tell of how blessed other preachers were, in the past, that didn’t hold our exact positions, yet we can’t fellowship with His living children? Our living brethren. And, how is it, that so many don’t see this as a problem?
I am closer to non-denominational or Southern Baptist then I would ever be called “Independent Baptist”-yet, I go to an Independent Baptist Church, and I am involved and “in love” with my fellow believers there. Hey, I crank up my Jesus Rock and Roll when I get home…on the very loudest volumes, but while I’m there, I do my best not to offend them in what I believe to be misappropriated views of holiness and worldliness. Why? Isn’t unity with the brethren and the love of Christ far more important?
Further, I have friends who speak in tongues. I have never seen them disrupt a service. They have always been decent and in order. I do not speak in tongues. I’m not even down with the doctrine that is “for” them. But, I also can’t tell you that it’s a black and white issue. And, as long as my brethren are decent and in order, and don’t make themselves the show – why should I care? Because, quite frankly, I’ve found that most people that speak in tongues are not as I was taught they were in classes that teach against tongue speaking. Further, who cares?
My only qualm with speaking in tongues: when they are used as a test to elevate others in esteem amongst the brethren. When people are made to feel second-rate because they don’t speak in tongues. Or stating that someone isn’t filled because they don’t speak in tongues. That’s bunk. But, you know what? Those beliefs exist to an even lesser extent than folks that speak in tongues out of order.
So what are we fighting over? We could go down a list of all the issues denominations split over and much of it wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans.
What about love for each other? What about unity? Jesus commands it. God says it is pleasant. I know as a parent – how it hurts me to see my children fight over insignificant issues when we have greater goals as a family – and the older I get, and the more I relate to God in that way, the less I am interested in separating from my brethren over irrelevant issues within the body of Christ.
If the Lord Jesus Christ wasn’t worried about it, why am I? Who am I to be more sensitive and demanding than the Holy Spirit? Amen.
John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Psalm 133:1: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity.”