With approximately 30,000 denominations in existence, unity is not a part of the visible church yesterday, today, and not until Christ returns. This next quote by D. A. Carson is a concise explanation of a way forward.
“Although it is true that the Bible rejoices in certain kinds of diversity—for example, around the throne on the last day there will be men and women from every town and tribe and nation—yet we mustn’t forget the importance of unity. Ten times in the little book of Philippians, Paul tells people to think the same thing. You don’t build church unity by ignoring differences, but by doing the hard work of bringing things back to the test of Scripture over and over again.”
A church and a denomination will, sooner rather than later, have a set of traditional practices that becomes more important than their doctrine and they will also, sooner rather than later, wander further and further from the Bible. Notice that I did not say doctrine; I said practices. For example, a Baptist church will not accept a Methodist pastor and vice versa. Does the Bible speak of denominations? The Pharisees believed in God, and it was not their disbelief in God that caused their woe. It was their practices becoming the core of their doctrine that led them astray.
Published on Friday, August 7, 2015 @ 6:22 AM CDT