10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
We are not the only church, we are not the only christians, and we do not have all the answers. We are not alone. I'm talking about the church. The body of Christ.
Though there are many church denominations out there, God never designed the church to be so many different bodies. God designed "one" church. ONE body of Christ. God wants us to be together.
There are many christians, preachers, churches, etc...that seem to have their sole focus in proving other churches or christians wrong, pushing their opinions or relgious views, and that is not promoting togetherness. That does not promote unity, one, or being together. It isolates, separates, and divides. I know sometimes we are wrong, or get it wrong, and there are some people or churches teaching things we may not agree with, but we always have to ask ourselves is this a salvation issues? Does heaven and hell hang on this issue?
With all the people in the world and all the christian views and ideals, we are not going to agree on every topic, every situation, or every view. However, I think if we'd stop being so dogmatic, egotistic, fearful, or insecure, I think we could agree on alot more and be alot more together than we are a part.
Imagine how powerful and what an impact THE church could have if our only agenda was God. We only preached Jesus, we were only guided by the Holy Spirit, and we'd stop making every issue an issue of division, fellowship, or faith? We would actually BE the ONE true church. We'd be TOGETHER! Even with our faults, sins, and differences, we could still be ONE!
So many different churches and individuals spend so much time worrying about being "spiritually" correct, or offending someone, or proving themselves right, or worry going to hell over every decisions, or being wrong, or Lord knows what else we worry about? In the mean time, when we are focused on things like that or our individual church denominations or personal agenda's or "passions"(I use that term loosely), people are dying and going to hell, people are leaving the church, or people are missing Jesus.
It's hard to be the Body of Christ when we pulling the body in different directions or even more creating more than one body. We need to use common sense, prayer, study, and lots of love, grace, and patience with one another.
I'm not saying every "church" out there has it right or got it all together, but I also realize no matter what "church" you attend or are a part of, they all are full of good and bad people, people who are serious and people who are lazy in their faith. People who go to church for the wrong reasons and people who are there for the right reasons. No church has cornered the market on every single verse in the bible, every doctrine, or has every command down. I'm being honest here, it's the truth.
The baptists, the methodists, the churches of Christ, the Catholics, the Lutherans, Episcipals, the chrisitan churches, the Presbyterians, the penocostals, the evangelicals, the charismtatic, the liturgical, and many of these groups have several splits or divisions, and that's just the main stream protestant and catholic churches, this isn't even considering many other denominations, or those that are way out in left field in the name of Jesus or other cults or religions.
My point is, most bible believing mainstream churches have their good and bad. We need to get it together an be together. While we stand around worrying about if someone is a member of our denomination, using our version of the bible, believes the same as I do about speaking in tongues or the end of times, or using music, or sings contemporary or hymns in worship, or calls their preacher pastor or minister, or takes communion every week or month, or pushes women's role in churches, or whatever the topic, while us church body parts sit around bickering about many questionable topics that God never meant to be divisive, people are simply dying and going to hell, communities aren't being impacted, the good news is not spreading, and the great commision is not being fulfilled.
Let's get it Together Folks! Let's be the One church! The Body of Christ! Do you part in the boyd and work with the body! Let's work together to reach the lost, make disciples, overcome satan, and bring glory and honor to God. Heaven is waiting!
Philippians 1:27 NIV[ Life Worthy of the Gospel ] Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel