Ron Witbeck: Is there a division between your church and mine?

By Ron Witbeck

Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church

Is there a division between your church and mine? When we allow a division between believers over which belief or church is the only way, we may be falling into Satan’s trap! This can cause division or an ongoing war between those actually professing to be followers of God, Christians! Does the shoe fit?

Our Bibles, no matter which version we may read from, all speak of only one ‘Jesus’ whose life was given for all of humanity. This should be a reminder that the saving ‘grace’ of God cannot be earned, but received only through accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.

Since the death and resurrection of Jesus, man has labeled the church by many different names, too many to list. Jesus Himself referred to the church, or the ‘body’, as His bride. Through all of this confusion have we actually divorced ourselves from the groom, Jesus?

Paul actually speaks about this ‘body’ of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; One Body with Many Parts:

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.” (NLT)

We only need to look within our natural created families, where God has placed us, as we were created to act as one. Within this family there can be conflicts, misunderstandings, and sometimes even physical confrontations, but when a threat comes from outside of that family it can unite the family.

Throughout the Bible we find several examples of dysfunctional families. God is not surprised. After all, He created us! His desire is for us to be united in our beliefs, even though we may attend different churches. When asked by the Pharisees what the most important commandment was, Jesus responded, in Matthew 22:37-40;

“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Notice, neither color nor creed (belief) is mentioned here! If we are to act in obedience to God, in accepting the salvation provided by the Blood of Jesus, it should not matter what name is on the building of the doorway that we go through in worshiping our heavenly Father.

Back to the question, “Is there a division between your church and mine?” There should not be! Luke tells in the Book of Acts that we should be in ‘one accord,’ and you may ask, “What is that?” We need to look no further than Jesus’ last instruction to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-20;

“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Again, I see no mention of any denominational or non-denominational churches! But by the making of disciples, followers of Jesus Christ, we should be all joined together in “His family,” in one accord. Bring not only the churches together, but also this nation: “One Nation Under God.”

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