Division among brothers, sisters and other local churches as well as denominations is a cancer in modern times; a cancer that we, as individuals, must stamp out if we’re to see God move in our midst in a measure we simply cannot see without unity. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that we unify with those who walk in blatant error and heresy. There are some among us who claim the Name of Jesus and yet hold to doctrines of demons. While there are genuine and sincere Born Again Believers in some of these churches and while it’s proper to fellowship with these precious saints, we should never align with, attend or fellowship with their churches as a whole:
Romans 16:17 “And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them.”
I hear much about unity these days and I praise God for it; yet there’s a misguided focus. Some are claiming that regardless of what a church or minister or ministry teaches that we “must unite”. This is dangerous. Just because the Name of Jesus is used or a church has hundreds in attendance in no way means that God’s Blessing is on that church. In fact, the opposite may be true:
2 Timothy 4:3 “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”
At times, leaders become discouraged when their churches decline yet that’s not always a “bad thing”… at times it’s a sign that God’s Blessing is on the house! In the same way, when a church becomes extra filled, it may be evidence that the leaders are compromisers. Certainly not always! Assemblies such as Times Square Church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, etc… they’re in the multiplied thousands and they preach the Word without fear. Let’s not look at numbers, light shows, how many teens are screaming during a service or how many adults are at the altar weeping! Instead, look to the message being preached and the fruit being produced.
That said, what of the churches in our areas – large or small – that may not believe as we do yet are truly walking with God and seeking His Will for their lives and congregations? Why is it that we refuse to fellowship with Baptists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Presbyterians, etc? Why are we, as leaders, suspicious when we hear of a move of God in another church? Why can we not celebrate with other churches when the Spirit of the Lord is truly moving?
Unity in the Body of Christ doesn’t simply extend to those who go to our own church; it must extend to those of other churches and persuasions. Amen? Here in Moncton, it’s a sad reality that while there are those who fellowship with one another and who want to be in unity with other Believers of local congregations of other denominational affiliations, there are many who do not want unity. Instead, they’re “me, myself, I and us” as in their own local church. They’ve become blinded by a spirit of competition and jealousy. Rather than celebrate what other godly churches are doing, they “warn others” about “so and so” and counsel others “to be careful”. Our own church has been a victim of this type of spirit and yet those who speak it have never attended nor do they know us… at all. Perhaps your own church has been a victim as well.
Unity must be the cry of every Born Again Believer in Jesus who’s desire is to see God overtake cities, regions and yes… nations! Biblical revival is not to be limited to “us 4 and no more”! Revival is to be spread from one community to the next, regardless of what church it comes through! Our passion must be to walk in unity with those of the household of faith… no matter what label they happen to wear.
Today, ask yourself: Are you jealous of other churches who move in God’s Power? Do you secretly envy certain men and women who God is truly using which may not fit “your” definition of who God “should” use? If so, I implore you to humble yourself, repent of being divisive in your heart and in your speech and to take the hands of all who call on the Name of Jesus Christ and believe for Revival with them.