Friday, March 12, 2010

Loyalty to denomination or Jesus?

Ephesians 2:14
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

1Corinthians 31-4
1 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people.[b] I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life.[c] 2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? 4 When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?

When Jesus was on earth, he crossed all barriers, ministering to the Samaritans, the outcasts, sinners and lepers, which was a social taboo at that time to the Jews. For example, He broke down hostility between the Jews and gentiles and brought peace and unity.

Similarly,only Jesus can bring the various denominations, such as anglicans, protestants, methodists, catholics... under one fold, under only one name, the name of Jesus.

The existence of various denominations are man made for God's nature is to bring peace and unity. Man likes to divide and rule. From 1 Cor 3, it can be inferred that it is a legacy of our immaturity, our jealousy of one another and of how we act just like the people of the world. So, in fact, there is nothing to be proud of about our denomination. Jesus wants to set us free from denominational bondage into His freedom in Christ.

I am glad that there is only one name given to us, the name of Jesus that brings salvation (Acts 4:12). It is not the name of your denomination! Only one name Jesus, Period!

Rejoice, only Jesus can make us denominationally blind.

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