Behind Denominational Lines

One of the things that has me praying and thinking lately is the way that we have divided battle lines within the church and one of the things that we have struggled with is the battle among denominations as to who is right and who is wrong.

I feel that at this point we all need to stop and take a look at the scripture.  One of the most disheartening things that is happening now is the complete division that many churches have taken from other congregations, and in some cases, the refusal to worship together as one.

If we look to scripture we see that we are all part of The Church…the Bride of Christ.  In scripture there is no division of Baptist or Christian, or Methodist and Presbyterian.  There is nothing but the singular Church, and even though there are different churches, they all communicate and fellowship together, sending ministry partners between congregations to encourage and share in the same Gospel message.

Where has this mentality gone in today’s church?  Why are we so willing to divide the church over issues that have no spiritual basis or bearing on our Christian life? What can we do to ensure that we pursue God’s will for the church?

I feel that one of the scriptures we can look to is found in Matthew 7:3 – “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

We all have issues, we all have things that we can change, and we all have concerns that need to be addressed.  The problem is, we are all preoccupied with telling others what they can fix, no matter how small the issue, while we sit there with our own, unresolved issues that need immediate response.

For us today, as the Church, we must get back to the way of the Church.  We have to put aside our differences and join together on the true calling of the life we are called to…that is to share the Gospel and bring others to the Kingdom by showing them the love of Christ and sharing with them the sacrifice that He made on the cross.

That really is what it is all about, none of us deserve heaven…we are all sinners.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God,” but Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Today, we need to cross denominational lines, drop our defenses, and embrace the grace that we were saved under.  We need to share together in the love of Christ and stop bickering about the small stuff.  Today, I encourage you, fellowship with one another, stop judging others based on what “church” they are a part of, and remember that we are all part of The Church.  We are all the Bride of Christ, and He is coming soon to claim His Bride.

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