Most believers would never consider themselves as abominations in the sight of God. Yes we all fall short and are well aware of those areas of our lives that we have not yet totally surrendered. But abominations...me? Never!
Yet because of one sin which many Christians are guilty of God sees us as unclean and wicked.
Let me expound. "These six things the Lord hates. Yes seven are an abomination to Him. A proud look. A lying tongue. Hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil. A false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19)
How many of us are guilty of criticizing and condemning a fellow believer because of hearsay or some offense we have taken? What about denominations that criticize each other over trivial points of doctrine? Or the Home Church movement condemning more formalized expressions of church and visa-versa? In almost all christian circles there is some form of division, segregation, bitterness, envy, gossip, slandering, criticizing, anger and even hatred. Things that should not even be named amongst those who have been called out of darkness and are now supposed to be children of God who have His Spirit indwelling them. We the Church are guilty of a perpetual sin against the Father and we need to address this as a matter of urgency...and it begins with you and me.
The Scriptures teach that all who are born of the Spirit are all part of one Body no matter where you live or where you fellowship. This one Body is the Body of Jesus, with Him and Him alone being the head. Would you cut off your toe because you do not like the way it looks? Or would you pluck out your eye because it does not have 20/20 vision? Obviously not. Then why do we attack other members of the same Body that we are part of?
Do we think we are more Christ-like when we mock those who do not have the same understanding that we have? Are we demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit when we publicly condemn and criticize individuals and churches when we have made no effort to try address what we see as error in a spirit of love, gentleness and humility?
The true child of God is a peacemaker not one who brings division. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9) But one who brings division and strife is an abomination in God's sight.
We are commanded in Scripture to, "endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Paul continues, "there is one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all and through all and in you all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)
Do we not see that the same Spirit that is in us is also in the very people we are destroying by our wicked conduct?
Unity of the Church and loving the brethren are not restricted to your local church or fellowship. It is for the unity of the whole Church that we must strive and labour.
I am not addressing church discipline or bringing correction in this blog. We are called to judge error in the Church and then try to bring correction in a spirit of love and humility. The point of this blog is to address division, strife and sectarianism in the Church.
One of the last things that Jesus prayed for before His crucifixion was that the Father would make us all one as He and the Father are one (John 17:11-25). It was His cry that those who would believe on Him would be of one heart, one mind and one purpose just like the Godhead is. Would you and I dare to actively oppose the will and desire of Him who will judge us? Do not forget the warning that Jesus gave in Matthew 7:21-23. Not all who call Him Lord, Lord will enter into Heaven but only those who do the will of the Father and the Fathers will is that we all are one and united in love.
How are you doing in this area?
The greatest evangelism tool that the Lord has given the Church is not the gifts of Holy Spirit but something less spectacular but much more effective. And that is demonstrated love for the brethren. At the last supper when Jesus was sharing about the New Covenant He was about bring forth, He said, " A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Christian, you and I are called to work and walk together with the whole Body in a spirit of love and unity. I challenge you in the Lord to search out your heart and turn from being an abomination to a blessing and to become a true child of God, a peacemaker.
May the Lord give us all the grace to walk in love and peace.
Shalom (peace unto you)