Unite In Faith And Love
To The Church
I write this hub in a plea to the church.You ask, "What church?".
The answer to that is Jesus Christ's Church.
You see, the devil has accomplished exactly what he has wanted with the church. He has split it up and has division fighting division.
The Protestants fight with the Catholic's. The Catholic's bicker with the Baptist's. The Baptist's have a bone to pick with the Lutheran's and so on and so forth.
Cannot anyone see and hear what our Lord taught?
We must trust and have faith in Him. It's all about Jesus.
All these faith's have missionaries all over the world. The goal is to spread the word of Jesus isn't it? Or is it about building the biggest church and getting the most money?
I have studied several of the top Christian religions and their stands on certain subjects. I am amazed at actually how close all believe, but divide over simple disagreements from the Word of God.
Take a look at the stands on some of the issues:
Catholic- "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life." (Catechism, 261)
Orthodox-"The fundamental truth of the Orthodox Church is the faith revealed in the True God: the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." (GOAA)
Lutheran-"We teach that the one true God. is the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, three distinct persons, but of one and the same divine essence, equal in power, equal in eternity, equal in majesty, because each person possesses the one divine essence." (LCMS)
Reformed/ Presbyterian-"We trust in the one triune God." (PCUSA)
Anglican/ Episcopalian-"There is only one God, the Creator of the universe, who has three 'persons' or aspects, inseparable yet unique parts of the whole." (ECUSA)
Methodist/ Wesleyan- "With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." (UMC)
"We believe in the one living and true God... Within this unity there are three persons of one essential nature, power and eternity--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." (WC)
Baptist- "The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being." (SBC)
Catholic- Free to do good or evil. "God has endowed us with reason and free-will, and a sense of responsibility." (CE)
Orthodox- "Man is truly free only when he is in communion with God; otherwise he is only a slave to his body or to the world." (Encyc. Britannica) At the Fall, "man's will became blurred, but did not disappear." (GOAA)
Lutheran- Free only to do evil
Reformed/ Presbyterian- Free only to do evil Presbyterians believe it is through the action of God working in us that we become aware of our sinfulness and our need for God's mercy and forgiveness." (PCUSA)
Methodist/ Wesleyan- "We have no power to do good works, pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us." (UMC)
Baptist- "The freedom to respond to the Lordship of Christ in all circumstances is fundamental to the Christian gospel and to human dignity." (NAFWB)
The Most Important
This is what it's all about: Jesus
Catholic- "By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us." (Catech 1026) Also created merit that is shared with sinners through sacraments.
Orthodox- "Christ enlightens the minds of the people, purifies their hearts and frees their wills from the bondage of the devil. Christ became flesh to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." (GOAA)
Lutheran- "The purpose of this miraculous incarnation of the Son of God was that He might become the Mediator between God and men, both fulfilling the divine Law and suffering and dying in the place of mankind. In this manner God reconciled the whole sinful world unto Himself." (LCMS)
Reformed/ Presbyterian- "Through Jesus' death and resurrection God triumphed over sin." (PCUSA)
Methodist/ Wesleyan- Christ " truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men. " (UMC)
"Christ's offering of himself... through His sufferings and meritorious death on the cross, provides the perfect redemption and atonement for the sins of the whole world." (WC)
Baptist- Christ "honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin." (SBC)
It Is Time
The church needs to come together in the name of Jesus. We need to put our petty differences aside.
Who cares if Joe speaks in tongues? He loves Jesus.
Who cares if Nancy says Hail Mary's? She loves Jesus.
We have a nation and a world of hurting and hungry people. They need the love of Jesus. Not to see how large a church building you can build.
I pray that we can all come together in Jesus and fight the true enemy.
I ask you, no matter your faith, if you believe in Jesus Christ as the atonement for our sin's. Stop right now and say a prayer that all with that faith in Jesus would come together in unity. I also ask for those who have that "extra" desire for what I write here to fast from something you hold dear. My big one was coffee.
Through prayer and fasting, God will guide and lead us into a unified Church under the precious Blood of Jesus Christ!
Your Faith-Your Stance; do you agree or disagree with uniting in Jesus
© 2009 Greg Boudonck