ARE WE OF ONE MIND IN THE LORD OR JUST A CLIQUE?

Are we of one mind in the Lord or just a CLIQUE?

Not many years ago, I listened to a recording of a lectureship forum from FHU where a famous leader in the church said it was neither possible nor even necessary for Christians to agree on every point of doctrine. Then he proceeded to list what he deemed to be cardinal doctrines of the church on which we all should agree.

Below, I have listed several scriptures where the subject of unity is addressed.  Are these inspired words of God simply good suggestions or are they commands we must obey?  Did our Master give us any impossible commands?

  • John 17:21—That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Was Jesus prayer useless?  Stop for a moment to analyze this verse phrase by phrase to see the necessity for unity.
  • Acts 4:32—And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10—Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  • Ephesians 4:3—Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  • Ephesians 4:13—Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
  • Philippians 2:1-3—If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Granted there may be some in the church who are bonded by blood, ethnicity or even educational background and so stick together to the exclusion of all others, but genuine Christians should never judge by the flesh!  Now, here is a question for all of us to consider seriously: When/if people in a congregation of the church agree on points of doctrine taught by Jesus (i.e. speak the same thing), should we refer to them as cliques?  The only way for Christians to have true unity is that all speak the same things.  Can we have true unity without the same mind and judgment in Christ?  If someone feels like an outsider, maybe the problem is that he/she is separated by doctrines or practices not yet studied or understood.

TIMES THAT TRY OUR SOULS

How many do you know today who fit the description in 2 Timothy 3:1-9?

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil (Ecc. 8:11).

The Lord has called us to a time when this world is determined to destroy the Lord and his work, and are in the process of casting (or trying to cast) away God’s cords (Psa. 2:1-4). We pray he will soon have them in derision and vex them in his sore displeasure soon (Psa. 2:5)! He gave the world to many evil rulers in times past, but then his purpose not only includes forming the heart of Christ in his children (Luke 6:40; Matt. 10:24-25) but also in putting his enemies under his feet (1 Cor. 15:24-26). We are thankful for his great wisdom and righteousness, as well as working all things together for good for those he calls to his purpose.

However, it is not encouraging to see how many are his enemies today, and often distressing to see who his real enemies are! As Solomon warned those who seek God’s wisdom, it means increased sorrow (Eccl. 1:18). We pray those of us who love him will fulfill all of his good pleasure, obey all of his commands (Matt. 28:20), and overcome in the fight against sin and Satan (Rev. 2:26-27).

IN THE NAME OF…OR BY THE AUTHORITY OF

Knowing the one true God and the Jesus he sent (John 17:3) requires faith that there is one true God.  To God’s chosen apostle, there was one God, the Father, from whom are all things (1 Cor. 8:6).  That same God and Father made all things through Jesus (Col. 1:15-18John 1:1-4).  That same Father gave Jesus all of his authority after the cross (Matthew 28:18).

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THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

I know you like a little history so here is something that you may find interesting. King James II of England had about 50-60 or so scholars who translated the Bible from its original text to the King’s English. What’s important to realize here is that King James was Catholic. Of course, you know that Catholics have totally different beliefs than Protestant Christians so I won’t delve into specifics here.

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