Religious Confusion November 7, 2021
“And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as we are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.” (John 17:22-23)
Perfected in unity, is that what you see in Christendom today? There are so many “Christian organizations” claiming to be the church that it is absolutely mind-boggling in view of what Jesus prayed to God for in the scripture above. How can religious organizations be perfected in unity if they don’t believe and practice the same Christian doctrine?
I will say that there is an increase in the willingness of these denominations to worship together today more than there has ever been before. They justify such by saying that they really do believe in the same God; just in a different way. But is that what God wants? Is that kind of thinking in line with Jesus’ prayer to God about unity?
In Jesus’ prayer above the purpose of being perfected in unity was that the world may know that God sent Jesus into this world for us. But what does the world think about God and Christ when what they see in “Christianity” is thousands of religious organizations with different doctrines, all claiming to be the Lord’s church? They see disunity and confusion and is unattractive. The church was never designed to be a spiritual buffet where you pick what best suits you and avoid what you don’t like. It’s Christ’s church, not ours (Matthew 16:18).
When searching for the church of the Lord, continually ask God for guidance in finding His church. Study about the church in the New Testament and compare all “churches” today to see if what they teach and practice is compatible with the teachings of the church you find in the New Testament. Don’t look for a “church” that serves your needs but rather look for one in which you can serve God and others in Biblical ways. Happy searching!!