Articles

Articles

Let's Just Do What God Says

Let’s Just Do What God Says

 

Religious division is a result of failing to do what the Lord says.  It reflects an earthly mindset.  The apostle Paul told the factious Corinthians: “for you are still fleshly.  For since there is jealously and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?  For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).

Look around.  Hundreds of denominations exist.  They call themselves after men or peculiar doctrines.  They engage in a plethora of unauthorized activities because this is what they want.  Focus is put upon the social or political.  All of this is done supposedly in the name of Christ.  However, the Lord says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Religion has become so feeling and emotion oriented that to suggest that there are those who are practicing lawlessness “in the name of Christ” is to be mean spirited and unkind.  There is no such thing as false worship in today’s society.  “Tolerance” for all the various ways of “serving God” is the call of today.  Shame on us for suggesting that there is a pattern of authority for the worship and work of God’s people.  Frankly, with an attitude like this, we might as well write our own Bible.

God’s will is unity.  We are to endeavor for it by following His plan in the Scriptures (Ephesians 4:1-6).  We are not at liberty to toss aside any of the teachings of the Bible.  Yet, in order for denominationalism and division to exist, tossing aside what God says is exactly what is being done.  It’s no wonder that the world has responded with disbelief (see John 17:20-21).

Let’s just do what God says.  That may sound simplistic, but it is still the key to pleasing God and maintaining unity among believers.  Let’s be just Christians.  It can be done - it must be done if we are to please God.

May we all examine ourselves, our practices, and our doctrines, and see if we are following God’s will.  It’s in the Book. - Doy Moyer