Would Jesus have prayed for the unity of His Body (believers) if it were not possible?
Has the prayer of Christ been answered, are believers united?
Some people believe that unity is obtained when all members of one
group are in agreement with the doctrine that that particular group
believes in? Such as, Baptist unity, Pentecostal unity, Catholic unity,
Anglican unity, etc. But even these groups are splintered because of
doctrinal and governing disagreements.
Many people think that
people can believe the way they want and what doctrines they want, as
long as everyone believes in the essentials unity is reached. Of course
these essentials are determined by some groups interpretation of the
bible. As long the people of the world can see harmonization and peace
between the different denominations they are practicing unity. Some
believe “unity” is a mutually agreed belief system and behaviors that
are considered “safe” by everyone within the group. The controversial
beliefs are not talked about or discussed so that everyone can be
“unified.” But again, is this really unity? Is isolation of believers by
denominations even with denominational unity the unity Christ prayed
This is not true unity, It is a forced unity… a fake
unity. I have trouble believing that “agreeing to not discuss certain
topics” is what Jesus meant by “unity” when He prayed that we would be
one as He and the Father are one...“Holy Father, keep through Your name
those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (John
Divisions among individuals, conflicts about knowledge
and doctrines, favoritism, giving into bitterness, jealously and
honor-seeking ...indeed, all of these things, ever since the time of the
establishment of the the first "Christian" church by man, have
contributed to destroying unity. Instead of striving and praying to
reestablish and preserve unity, nearly everyone has grown accustomed to
all of these divisional units. It has become firmly entrenched and
established and accepted. But, does that make it right, is it the answer
to the unity prayer of Christ?
I would like to leave you with
this question to ponder and answer if you wish to...Is it possible in in
this day of religious culture acceptance...for believers to be unified
in the way that Jesus and His Father is unified as was prayed for by
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
Came across this on the net, no author cited to give the credit to. Whoever he or she was...did an excellent job!
The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…
From talking to people who stated that God in the bible is referred to as a male and for this reason they refused to read "The Shack" or view the movie because it portrayed God as a aunt Jemima black woman.
Such reasoning can be a result of a theology that justifies the exclusion of women from positions of authority in the "Church" by affirming God’s maleness by claiming that Christianity has a “decidedly masculine feel”, as preachers have done. According to Wikipedia "Complementarianism" is a theological view held by some in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage, family life, and elsewhere (such as the religious system)...brackets mine. The word "complementary" and its cognates are currently used to denote this view. For some Christians whose complementarian view is biblical-prescribed, these separate roles preclude …