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Complete Unity?

September 30, 2016

Greetings,

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”  Romans 15: 5-7

Unity is extremely important to God.  So in turn it should be very important to us also.  A lot of “Churches” talk about unity and give it lip service, but I find that very few actually practice it very well.  I hear tons of talk about being inclusive, but find that most “Churches” tend to be exclusive and ready to divide quickly over a multitude of issues.  Some “Churches” even have Creeds and other tests for fellowship.  Most will keep people out of fellowship over differences in doctrine.

                 In over 37 years of fellowshipping in homes, I have never been part of a housechurch with a test for fellowship other than a desire to meet with us and seek Christ together.  Because of this we have had nonbelievers become believers.  And those who held tightly to non- Jesus like beliefs weeded themselves out in a very short period of time.
                 I will meet with anybody willing to dialogue concerning the faith.  And in a totally open and free Spirit led meeting where everyone shares it is nearly impossible to hide any real personal heresies for very long.  Most folks who have fellowshipped with us over the years usually grow out of their problem theologies in time.  When all things are open and mutual things just have a really neat supernatural way of working themselves out for the benefit of all involved.  That at least is my experience and hope.
                 Sure there are times when believers need to separate because of MAJOR differences in theology and practice that can’t be worked out over time, but I believe that separation should be the extremely rare exception, rather than the rule.  When separation becomes necessary it is almost always over who Jesus really is and what He accomplished in His life, crucifixion and resurrection.  We should not be dividing over petty doctrines, social status, money, age, race, color, musical style or the color of the freaking carpet.  Believe it or not?  It does happen!
                 God desires that all of His children be of one heart, mouth and mind.  Because such grand unity brings Him great glory.  We need to accept one another as Christ accepted us.  To my knowledge none of us showed up on the scene the very first time with all of our sin and theology in perfect submission to God.  So I hope to never judge a new believer without giving them much grace and time to become more Christlike.  Scratch that; I mean that I never want to judge ANYONE who is on God’s chosen path for them.  Timing is important, but totally up to God and NOT us.
                 In closing Jesus said it best when He prayed to the Father, “May they be brought into complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ( John 17: 23)
                 “Complete unity”?  I think we still have a ways to go before we get there in this life.  All it really takes is a total realization and appropriate response to the fact that we are already actually ONE IN CHRIST.  In spite of this great Truth many still choose to divide rather than unite and that is just a damn shame.
                 Love and …….
                Kirk Out !
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11 Comments
  1. Once again wordpress forces me to apologize for the formatting of this blog post. It would not allow me to publish with proper paragraph breaks. However, I was able to place exaggerated indentations at the beginning of each new paragraph. Hopefully that will make it easier to read.

  2. daryl permalink

    This resonates with me.Unity,(or lack thereof ) has been a source of frustration for me as a christian.The fact that it does frustrate me,I suppose is good as it must grieve the Spirit as well.I certainly agree with you that realization of being one in Christ is the key.I would like to share a few quotes from Lewis Chafer. “The reason for all divisions cannot be found in a failure on God’s part to provide a clear biblical testimony,or in failing to provide the teaching ministry of the Spirit;nor can it be found in the fact of man’s inherent weakness:it is rather to be found in the fact that there is unspiritual living among God’s people-a failure to walk humbly and submissively with the Spirit of God….”The cure of a divided church is not to be achieved by mere union of organizations,though such a union would present a better appearance to the world.The cure lies in the attitude of the individual believer in his love for all other believers regardless of ecclesiastical connections or race. Such is the normal affection of one who is walking in the Spirit.” While unity may seem out of reach,my prayer is that more of us will determine to be part of the cure.

  3. Tom Ball permalink

    Simply accepting as we are – all who truly want to seek and find God and know Him better – is the essence of Christianity. This’n ‘ll preach, Chris 🙂

    • Thank you for the encouragement Tom. This one will produce healthy dialogue I hope.

  4. "BK" permalink

    I spent many years in a group who believed one day we would come into ‘the unity of the faith’ and all Christianity would follow us into that ‘truth’. I sat in a meeting one night, seeing the dis-unity and being overwhelmed at the thought that one day we would ‘all believe alike’ and it being so far away…seemingly an impossible thing. The Lord spoke to me that night, “Until My people learn to love in their differences they haven’t really learned to love at all.” Knocked my socks off. Since that time I have come to experience ‘unity’….oneness IN CHRIST (Who Himself IS the Truth) with those who don’t read the scriptures with the same interpretation I do. I believe as we allow Him to change our definition of ‘oneness’, ‘unity’, faith and many others we begin to experience what He was talking about of being one in Him and the Father and that helps us let go of the definitions we were taught so many years that haven’t worked. It has changed my life. Love, “BK”

    • I hear you BK! True unity occurs when we love and respect one another through Christ no matter our differences in doctrine or practice. LOVE and acceptance are the keys.

  5. Amy Levine permalink

    Psalm 133 says, Behold , How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment poured on the head , that ran down the beard, even the beard of Aaron, that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments. It is like the dew of Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing. Even life forevermore. Thank you Kirk for this important word of wisdom! May our eyes continue to stay open to keeping the unity for in it we will experience His peace among the fellowship of brother & sisters!

    • Thank you Amy for sharing one of my favorite Psalms. It is when we are in unity that The Lord commands His blessing upon us. That fact should motivate us to unify with other Christ followers, but alas in this day and age it seldom does. Me, I am ready for it. May The Lord direct our different paths to intersect and give us many opportunities to unite with HIS Beloved.

  6. Dan permalink

    God gives the endurance and the encouragement that we might live in unity.

    • Dan, thank you for your contribution to this post. It surely does take endurance to have unity. Because it takes bearing with one another in love. Bearing with each others shortcomings and flaws can be a real task at times. Whenever I have difficulties bearing with someone in love Christ always reminds me that HE died for them too..and of course I feel sorry at times for those who have to bear and put up with me also.

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