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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Unity? Or Dysfunction in the Body of christ?

About once a week we receive a phone call or comment about how the listener feels Stand Up For the Truth is dividing the Body of Christ.  They are understandably concerned that when we discuss controversial issues within our faith that it can lead to dissension and arguments.  They state how we need unity in the Body, not division.

English: Church service

My response is always this:  I am all for unity—but unity around what?  Are we to have unity around the movement of Chrislam where Christians seek to find common ground with a religion of the anti-christ?  Should we be united around New Age Christianity that is referring to Jesus more and more as a great teacher rather than the Son of God and the only way to eternal life?  Or maybe unity around the belief of collective salvation where Jesus came so all men would be saved with no one going to an eternal hell?

And quite frankly, the argument that weare causing disunity in the Body is a straw man argument to begin with—because that disunity already exists.  Oh, we smile at our “misled” Brother in public, but privately we go on to share with our friends that we have deep concerns with their beliefs and doctrine.  What I hope we are accomplishing on this show is this:  promoting an honest, respectful discussion on issues that are dividing us in private.  We will continue to take strong stands on false doctrines like Chrislam and New Age Christianity—but on issues like signs and wonders, we all need to take a step back in humility and search the scriptures to see what the Word of God says, so we can discern between authentic works of God and the counterfeit works of the enemy designed to lead many astray.

If a man and his wife are struggling with serious issues and they refuse to have an open, honest discussion about those issues, are they really loving one another?  No!  They are allowing seeds of dissension to be sewn until one day they explode into anger and even hatred.  Their marriage either becomes a relationship void of love and affection, or they decide to divorce—both an affront to God.

If we as Christians refuse to have an open, honest discussion with one another on controversial issues that are important, we do a disservice to one another and to God.  By refusing to confront one another with humility and love on issues we consider important, we are being disingenuous and actually festering more division within the Body.

To think that open, honest discussion done with humility and love will foster division is shortsighted.  To just sit back and not sharpen one another with the Word of God is naïve.  To accept an attitude of “I’m OK, you’re OK” is dangerous—we have been doing too much of that these past 40 years.  How is that working out for the church?

 

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4 Responses to “Unity? Or Dysfunction in the Body of christ?”

  1. Elizabeth #

    Amen…I love Stand Up For the Truth…Finally a wake up call in Wisconsin…

    January 24, 2012 at 5:24 AM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    1 Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

    How does that happen: we watch the behavior. Does it line up with what Scripture says we should do and that we turn from what we should turn from?

    Typically we don't allow for confrontation to occur so there isn't much opportunity to see where people are at. What we promote is group consencious but not around Christ, around a pastor who stands in front of everyone as the head even though he may declair Christ is. If Christ was the head 1 Corinthians 14 would be practiced and folks would be able to judge what is said and be judged for what they say in return. When conflict happens the fruit of our hearts is truly revealed for what sort of person we really are.

    Romans 12

    9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

    11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
    12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

    14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

    16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

    17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

    19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay , saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst , give him drink : for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Ephesians 4:

    11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

    13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part , maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

    17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

    19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

    20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

    24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

    25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

    26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.

    28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour , working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

    29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

    30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

    1 Corinthians 14

    26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

    27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

    30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

    39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order

    Do this to avoid this
    Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

    13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly , triumphing over them in it.

    16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come ; but the body is of Christ.

    18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

    20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

    Serve Christ Jesus!

    January 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM Reply
  3. JGV #

    AMEN!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:18 AM Reply
  4. LB #

    God said there would be a division of the wheat from the chaff

    January 23, 2013 at 6:25 AM Reply

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