If we don’t confront the Christian divisions now, then all will be lost. If we don’t confront the Christian divisions now, then hate and disagreements will lead to unbridled persecution. If we don’t confront the Christian divisions now, then death and destruction will be inevitable. If we don’t confront Christian divisions now, then we will witness the great falling away and the extinguishing of the Gospel light leading to a horrifying darkness that will sweep the planet. This is exactly what Satan and the powers of darkness want. They have sought to divide Christianity since the beginning by raising up false prophets to twist the simple message of the Cross. They have gone well beyond the Bible by adding new doctrines and a methodology foreign to the simple truths delineated in the New Testament. We must all take part in confronting the divisions that are ripping Christianity apart. Although the biblical solutions are simple, they will take a great deal of faith to follow, doing things that will be extremely uncomfortable, especially in the beginning. We will examine closely each of these biblical solutions that will heal the divisions in Christianity and reawaken the bright shining light in a very dark world. Although the solutions may appear to take longer, they will not but will have a profound lasting effect upon the fallen world.
To begin with, we must discover what makes Christianity a formidable force in the fallen world and what weakens Christianity in the eyes of fallen humanity. Let’s start with the negative influence that much of Christianity is having upon humanity in our day. This negative influence is not only dimming the saving light of the Gospel, but it is also hardening the hearts of humanity. When we confront the fallen world, we can confront their sins, but we must tie it to the great benefits available to them through repentance and forgiveness. On the other hand, we have a growing segment of Christianity, Christian Nationalism, that is becoming even more deeply embedded with the political system with the express purpose of not confronting fallen humanity with their sins but forcing them to obey their new laws of Christian morality. This forcing fallen humanity to obey will have the opposite effect for it will drive them further away from the Good news of our transformation in Christ. It will greatly dim the bright light of Christianity causing them to fall even deeper into darkness as they strike back with impunity. I have noticed the great hatred growing towards Christianity for some time now, which has greatly limited our ability to reach them for Christ. It has created a bitterness not seen in previous years.
To heal the divisions in Christianity, we must lead our brothers and sisters by helping them to return to the power of the Cross and the bright light of the Gospel through our good works. The Bible says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Only this power from God through the Gospel message can truly save those who believe. This has always been the key to changing the world and ushering in His Kingdom for which we pray continuously (Matthew 6:10). We were never meant to bring in the Kingdom through the political system and its powers. It’s antithetical to the Gospel. In the beginning, people did not come to Christ through a political force. They did not come to the kingdom because the walls separating the State and religion were torn down. Fallen humanity came to Christ because they saw a new hope. They saw love and peace not seen before. The early Christians looked beyond outward appearances, to those who were harshly judged and repudiated or scorned by the fallen world. They instilled in them a lively hope of acceptance by the risen Lord Jesus Christ to a life of eternal bliss through faith. They saw something completely and amazingly different.
Dear children, all the dancing and yelling will not bring in the Kingdom of God. All the political parties and all the voting will not bring in the Kingdom. Even our professional witnessing and lofty words of wisdom will not bring in the Kingdom (I Corinthians 2:1). Only the power of God working through His beloved children will bring in the Kingdom with all of its glory. Witnessing today has digressed to inviting people to church or to some political rally seeking to bring in the Kingdom through their vote, and their financial support. Dear children, the world needs to hear how God has changed us, growing us from one degree of glory to another, and filling us with an amazing joy and a peace that defies understanding. They need to hear that God is with us and He can make all things new. In a world with no hope, they need to hear about our hope realized through our faith believing that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins and was raised from the grave to give us a brand-new life in Him. They need to hear about the power of transformation (II Corinthians 5:17). When people are truly changed, then they will not need the political party passing some new law to force them to obey. They will obey the law of Christ because it is written on their hearts. Let us trust God to change the world through His eternal message of hope; this is the Christian Way.
To bring healing to the body of Christ, His beloved Church, they need to see with their own eyes the good works of God’s precious children. They don’t need to see yelling, dancing, and supporting your latest political candidate. What they need to see is Christ living in you demonstrating His loving concern for your wellbeing. They don’t need to see a referral agent sending people back to the world’s counselors, nor do they need to hear your empty and meaningless prayers filled with an abundance of words (Romans 15:14, Matthew 6:7). What they need to see is our abounding love, willing to truly forgive others from the heart, and to demonstrate the rules of non-retaliation to those who vehemently disagree or attack us. (Matthew 5:38-42). What they need to see is your own spiritual growth by actively putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ. We are called to be doers of the word by following all of the beautiful “one another” statements in the Bible in our relationship with both the body of Christ and the unbelieving world. It’s harmful to the body of Christ to use dehumanizing words and hateful language toward others just because you disagree with their actions. When the people of God do this, it greatly diminishes their bright shining lights making them enemies of the world. This is what is currently happening in the world today where a segment of the Christian community is trying to bring the Kingdom in through the political process.
Finally, the moment we decide to follow the Christian Way to bring in the Kingdom, then we will confront the divisions head-on, front and center. If we are successful in healing the divisions, then the Kingdom will spread far and wide, but if we are not successful, then we will only have one option left. Although I would love to see the healing take place, I know that we are running out of time. If things don’t quickly change the only option left is to come out from among them. The Bible says, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). To come out would mean taking your children and grandchildren out of public education. It would mean to no longer participate in their political process. It would mean to no longer follow the counsel of the world through their online searches, their artificial intelligence, and their psychological counsel. It would mean to no longer participate in their social media platforms and the targeted news stories that use godless algorithms. We are not quite there yet, but extremely close if things don’t change immediately by trusting in the power of the Gospel message to bring in the Kingdom of God with all of its glory. Dear children, let us follow the Christian Way and not the ways of the fallen world. If we don’t, then truly all will be lost.
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