How often do you find total agreement with other people? I often find myself in agreement with others, but not always for the same reason. There are times I can see someone else’s point of view, but I do not agree with their assessment. Just because people laugh at the same joke does not mean they find the same thing funny.
This is one of the many problems plaguing the body of Christ today. I have found myself in different congregations, in different denominations, among friends and strangers, and have discussed some of those differences. If this were a solvable problem, the many denominations of churches would be reduced to one.
Here are some of the more simple separations: Do you believe the Bible is literal, mostly literal, allegorical, or simply spiritual? Do you believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God or do you believe it is a good book, written by men with God in mind, or is it a collection of religious writings meant to inspire, guide, or put people into a position of servitude as a means of control? Do you believe the Bible begins with Genesis and end with Revelation? Do you believe the Apocrypha must be inserted? You see, these questions have already began to separate you from many others. Just as you may believe one of those answers, there are many others who will vehemently disagree with you.
Now you begin to see the importance of the following verses:
Philippians:1:27: Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians:2:2: Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
The church has become divided on homosexuality, abortion, marriage, and race. These are simple concepts in light of God’s word, yet we as the body of Christ fail to get it right. These issues and degrees of separation will not get better with time. As a matter of fact, they continue to get worse and the separation becomes greater. The only answer, in my very humble opinion, must be submission to God’s Word. That seems like a simple enough answer, yet, without proper understanding it cannot be achieved.
Today I simply ask that you pray for the churches. Prayerfully ask for Godly knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Pray for strength to stand strong on truth. Pray for humble submission to God’s word, God’s will and the Holy Spirit. Pray for discernment. Pray for the leaders of the body of Christ, the burden is great for those in positions of authority, as is the judgment they assume in taking positions of leadership.
Proverbs:14:12: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs:16:25: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
When you make a decision, do not seek worldly wisdom. Let God be your guide and seek His wisdom, prayerfully, in His word. If it glorifies God, if it agrees with His word, if it magnifies Jesus, if it separates you from this world, you are on the right track. Seek Him and you will find, ask and it shall be given. To Jesus be the glory!