EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2020
TOPIC: DISCRIMINATION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST UNDERMINES THE UNITY OF FAITH
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
There is a sad and alarming trend in Christianity today as seen in most denominational churches. It is a trend that we must resist and put a stop to. Preachers in their bid to maintain control over people have formed religious groups. These groups exist and are identified as ‘denominations. These denominations operate under a common name and have a common identity. You can identify them by their beliefs, traditions, practices, and the sins they condone. You can tell them by the distinctive and often misleading interpretation of the Scriptures that they share among themselves. The trend today is that most church denominations have locked their gates and isolated themselves from the Church universal. They discourage their members from having fellowship with other Christians and operate independently for fear of their members being lost to other denominations. This practice is undermining God-intended unity in the body of Christ. It is hindering the opportunity for synergy with other churches and working together as one body. Yet, Christ is bigger than any denomination.
Let me state categorically that Jesus is not a God of denomination. The Holy Bible does not support denominations; neither did Jesus nor any of the disciples start any denomination. Denominations came from the disagreements of men on the interpretation of the Word of God. Over the years, Satan took advantage of these disagreements and poured out the denomination spirit on men, thereby further widening the gulf that existed between Christians and sometimes creating disaffection amongst them. He knows that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
I strongly recommend that you meditate on the warning given in the Bible against false teachings or what is termed “another gospel.” Any gospel that undermines the unity of the body of Christ or that is aimed at building a wall around a denomination to isolate its members from the wider Christian community or to shield them from the truth of God’s word, is “another gospel” and not according to godliness. There is no righteousness in it, hence it must be resisted to gain access to the people to evangelize them and set them free from spiritual bondage and captivity.
Thought for the day: Beware of believing another gospel strange to the scripture.
Song for the day: Forever O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven...
Bible reading for the day: Isaiah 48-49; Colossians 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA