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Unity A friend of mine said , “I have a conviction that a country will never be greater than her churches. And what is worse, the lack of unity in our country or the lack of unity in her churches?” I disagree. The churches are not America’s hope! The Church is – the true body of Christ, the…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Unity

A friend of mine said
, “I have a conviction that a country will
never be greater than her churches. And what is worse, the lack of unity
in our country or the lack of unity in her churches?”

I disagree. The churches are not America’s hope! The Church is
– the true body of Christ, the remnant scattered abroad that has made Jesus
Lord in more than their theology, but in their praxis.

I say that what we need is not more unity, but some good
church splits! We have become the Revelations 3 church and those of us
who are not lukewarm need to burn white hot without apology to the
mainstream. We need a few more John the Baptist types (consider – could you be one?) that don’t mind taking on the hypocritical religious establishment that
is worried more about appearance than it is about purity. 

Divisiveness

Then there’s the other side of the coin. Aren’t you tired of Christians who can’t get along? More concerned with being right or exercising
control, they produce bad fruit. Many
Christian leaders are this way-they are so concerned with sound doctrine that
they forget the foundation of love and peace from which all doctrine springs.

My mom told me about how their church split because the
youth pastor and pastor couldn’t get along.
What a mess! What kind of example
does that show to the world? It does
great damage, sowing the seed of rebellion.

Jesus’ kingdom looked exactly opposite. It was built on giving, forgiving, and
sacrifice. He called us to be ministers
of reconciliation, for goodness sakes.
If we as Christian leaders can’t find a place of unity, how in the world
will we ever reconcile nonbelievers to God?
It begins with the doctrine of peace we articulate with our lives.

“But avoid foolish
controversies…and arguments…because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then a
second time. After that, have nothing to
do with him.”

Comments (3)

  • This is a great article on the balance of the problems and the blessings of the desire for unity in the Body of Christ. Well put.
    What’s the new icon at the bottom of the page, “Raise This Up”?

  • Seth, i loved reading this…it’s a message the church establishments need to take hold of. It convicted me to read. Jesus did it so well setting the example of living love and peace while still bringing the sword. Thanks for sharing this truth!

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