Unity at all costs?

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Believers of all stripes would agree that there can be no unity with such organizations as the Mormon Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other obvious cults, yet when it comes to movements such as the Word of Faith, Hyper Grace, etc, these same Believers astoundingly call for unity on all fronts. I’m amazed at the lack of Biblical discernment when it comes to what may “look” Christian yet is absolutely cultic in nature. To see these same Believers who call Mormonism a cult call for unity with churches and organizations within orthodox Christianity that hold to dangerous and cultic views is beyond me. 

For example, if I were to call our city’s Mormon church a cult, no Christian in their right mind would disagree. Why? Because Mormonism is a cult; it’s teachings are heretical and these deceived souls believe that when they die they’ll become a god with their own planet. Of course it’s a cult. Yet if I were to call Agape House Moncton or City Impact Church a cult, these same Believers would cry out against me for “division” and “being a Pharisee”. This is hypocrisy, brothers and sisters. At best, it’s ignorance of what these so-called “Christian” churches actually hold to. 

Let’s continue with the Agape House Moncton thought. If you click here you will see that this church holds to clear Law Keeping; they have mixed Law and Grace and as a result they in no way can be called a Christian church. On the contrary, this church is a dangerous hybrid; a cult masquerading as a Spirit Filled assembly. While there are genuine Believers within it, the leadership is not of God and clearly so. 

What of City Impact Church in Moncton? I received a word from the Lord in 2013 which came to pass in 2015 (click here to read prophetic word) and presently the church has a new Pastor yet continues in it’s extreme Word of Faith views. It’s a prosperity church through and through, teaching heresies and within a mixture of truth. Thus, while it also has genuine Believers within it, it’s core foundational doctrines are not of God and are dangerous. 

Think now of the Hyper Grace Movement. There are multitudes of godly brothers and sisters who have embraced the Hyper Grace lie. Should we unify with such people on the basis of common faith in Jesus? No, we should not. In fact, we should pray for these dear precious brothers and sisters in Christ to come out of this deception. The Hyper Grace camp holds to am imbalanced view on the Grace of God and makes very light of sin, some teaching that you can sin like the devil and yet still walk with God and make Heaven. This movement, promoted by men such as Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar and others, is not new; it’s the same old lie the devil spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden: “Did God REALLY tell you not to eat of the tree?”

Just as the teachings of Mormonism are not to be embraced by Believers, so the heretical teachings of so-called Christian churches are not to be embraced by Believers. Just because a church shouts loud, has dynamic praise and worship and it’s leaders are known as “on fire” doesn’t necessitate our acceptance of what they teach and preach. If what a church teaches is legalistic and places others in bondage, there’s simply no unifying with them. If an assembly holds to doctrines that make God out to be a vending machine who throws millions of dollars on His children, we’re not to align with such assemblies.

You see, brothers and sisters, unity is not to come at any cost; especially at the cost of truth. To align with assemblies which teach and preach heresy is to align with their error. When a church preaches a legalistic gospel or holds to doctrines which make God out to be a genie in a bottle, there can be no unity with them.

In Jude 1:3 we read, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”

Notice that we’re to “defend the faith”. We’re not unify with anyone or any church which holds to a mixed faith. Yes, there will be differences of non essentials, yet when it comes to the nature of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, etc, there can be zero compromise. To compromise on these issues is to align with doctrines of demons.

Notice what Paul states in Ephesians 4:14-16 “ Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”

God’s desire is that we know the truth so that when error comes we won’t be persuaded by it. There are those within our churches who “try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth”.

I want to encourage everyone reading this article today to know what a church and/or ministry believes before you begin to cry out for unity with it. Why? Because God has called us to know the truth… because only the truth can set us free. Error binds the People of God. We must unify with others, not base don the outward appearance, but rather on what they hold to as truth. If what they teach concerning Grace and other essential issues is heretical, we musn’t stand with such ministries and churches for any reason. Rather, we must seek God for their deliverance from spiritual blindness.

In Him,

Dan Lirette

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