Sunday, July 13, 2014

Two Minutes With The Bible ~ Unions Or Unity?

Unions Or Unity? 

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Here is a company of Bible-believing Christians joined together in, let us say, an evangelistic endeavor. All are trusting in the shed blood of Christ for salvation, though some are Baptists, some Presbyterians, some Episcopalians and some represent other denominations.

Are all these believers one? Yes, in Christ, for “there is one body” (Eph. 4:4).

What united them? The “one baptism” (Eph. 4:5) by which the Holy Spirit unites all believers to Christ and to each other: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body whether we be Jews or Gentiles…” (I Cor. 12:13).

Yet these same believers, all trusting in the finished work of Christ for salvation, remain sadly divided as far as fellowship in the work of the Lord is concerned. They may have blessed fellowship in their evangelistic endeavor, but at its conclusion they go back to their mutually exclusive church organizations.

The reason? Basically it is that they have confused “the gospel of the kingdom,” proclaimed by Christ on earth and His twelve apostles, with “the gospel of the grace of God,” proclaimed by the ascended, glorified Lord through the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:24; Eph. 3:1-3).

Striving over baptismal modes and meanings, most of them still require their particular forms of baptism for entrance into their churches, while explaining at the same time that the ceremony has no saving value and that it is not required by God for entrance into the true Church.

Can’t we stop being Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists and just be Christians? Why should the Church of Christ remain divided and weak, when God says:

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linda said...

I cant answer why we cant all just quit fussing and fighting that 'our' way is right and all others, wrong. God isnt happy about that. Happy Sunday and love your new green background.

Simply Linda said...

Hey! Your going Scottish on us (giggles)--love your new look. I agree with Linda..I am having trouble with the church we have been attending, in order to be a member, you have to go through classes..say what? Perhaps that is why I am having a hard time going on Sunday. Are we not believers in Christ? Why do I have to attend classes? ANYWAYS--great post. Blessings

Patsy said...

We gave up on the Presbyterians--(Baptists)---Methodists back in the late 1980's.
We ask God to guide us in His teaching of His word. He Did
We Study with a church that presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unbeliever and teach the believer the plan and will of God for his life. Only Bible doctrine not man's thinking.

White Lace and Promises said...

I love that last line. It is one of my favorites. We are the body of Christ and each one is a part of it. Too bad we don't act like the Body of Christ.

Carol B. said...

A very good message. I've always believed and felt in my heart that it doesn't matter what's written above the door where you worship, it's what's in your heart. There's just too many people around that feel if you don't go to their church, you are doomed. I feel sad for them. Have a great day, my friend.

Blackberry Lane said...

What a wonderful message today. God bless you this week. Remembering you in prayer, sweet friend. Hugs to the pups!