Ephesians 4:2. Wth all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3. endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5. one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (NKJV
Joshua 1: 8 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
2nd Timothy 2: 15 “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
You know there’s a right and a wrong way to do any and everything. That is why The Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy, his beloved son in The LORD to divide the Word of God “rightly”. This suggest that we can divide it wrongly. I believe one of the main reasons there is so much division within The Body of Christ is because we’ve abused God’s Word and led so many people away from “the word of truth”. But thanks be to The LORD Jesus Christ and His Blood we can correct this problem through His Spirit.
I recently heard a statement made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maybe some of you have never heard it. It just might change the way we look at the idea of factions/denominations.
He said: “Sunday morning from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. is the most segregated time in this country because everyone who calls themselves Christians all go to different Churches; Lutherans, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterians, etc., are all reading the King James Bible, but are all interpreting scripture differently”.
Thurgood Marshall said during the Watts Riots: “There’s a price to be paid for division and isolation”. And most importantly, the Words of our LORD Jesus Christ in Mark 3: 24 “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand 25. And if a house (family) be divided against itself, that house (family) cannot stand”.
I inserted family next to house because in that day when the author or person speaking used the word ‘house’, depending upon the context it meant family. We say that we are the family of God…His children, but our behavior toward each other belies our so-called family of faith. Should we not be concerned about the degraded condition of the Church, or will we just continue to ignore what’s happening right before our eyes?
My second Pastor,
Apostle Frederick K. C. Price, recently said this on a television broadcast: “The difference between ignorance and stupidity is…ignorance can learn.” So we each need to ask ourselves, which am I? Personally, I’d rather be ignorant…
Bobby R. Edwards
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