“3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:3-6
Unity of the Spirit is not compromise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Unity is not agreeing to disagree because denominational lines will not allow agreement.
“Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:” Luke 12:51
If it is the Truth of the Word that is causing division, discern the effect. We must recognize the effect the Word of God has on our heart, not our emotions or our good intentions but our heart. If our heart is hardened, recognize this and decide in whom we will follow – philosophies of man or the Truth according to the Word of God.
Satan has access to our emotions and he will use this access to seduce us into compromising what the Lord has given us in Spirit and in Truth. Little by little we keep looking back to Egypt to help us overthrow the world, the flesh and the devil. These worldly ways are familiar but now they have a twist of Scripture to gain our acceptance…but they are still of the world and not of faith.
“But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him.“John 4:23
Vain philosophies declared from the pulpit to unite those who should be divided goes against Scripture. Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is destroyed when faith in things other than the finished work of Jesus Christ is declared. 40 days of purpose destroys the peace. Philosophies of man to overcome the sin that so easily besets us destroys the peace. The Gospel of Jesus Christ lays waste these vain philosophies to overcome sin yet they are forever rewrapped and presented as the Gospel of Jesus seeking to unite Believers.
“8 But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:8-10
Friends, if it is another gospel – in particularly, the gospel of “political correctness” in order not to offend…we simply cannot unite in the bond of peace. That is a house built on sinking sand. The Truth of the Word of God offends the sinners AND the Saints. Recognize the offense and consider the condition of your heart. Christianity is a choice.
“14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in Truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the Lord.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
-Donna Clark Warren