It’s very clear that the unsaved world needs a dynamic change from its present course.
However, the squabbling that continues in the Body needs to be quelled to allow for a far more unified approach to the gospel.
Much of what we see in so-called discernment sites is based on the theology of the people who attack other parts of the Body. Almost everything that is said by these critics is lost on those who know nothing about the gospel. Doctrine is meaningless to the unsaved. The only hope for them is the gospel – the entry point for salvation.
Jesus is the only hope
Discernment sites maul their brothers and sisters endlessly, and, often, needlessly. Meanwhile the world needs Jesus, as they have since the day of His resurrection.
And we who believe and are His disciples are the messengers of the New Covenant, which is a new agreement written in His blood and offered to all of humankind. It is the free offer of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus.
Everyone can come into the kingdom through this doorway of faith. There is no price to pay. Jesus paid it all. He died, was buried and raised again for the forgiveness of sins.
By confessing and recieving Him as Lord a sinner can lay down his or her own life and take up His. Jesus’ cross paid the price of every sinner who recieves His free pardon. And they are forgiven. Washed clean. Made into sons and daughters of the Most High. The only thing a person needs to enter in is belief in God through confessing Jesus Christ as Lord. That is the simlicity of the gospel. That is our message to the fallen world.
But they cannot believe if they do not hear, and they will not hear if we who are sent do not go to them. We cannot afford to be deflected by schisms from the call of God to make disciples of all the world.
Pulled off course by divisions
One of the most disruptive hindrances to our call is distraction caused by stubborn adherence to debatable theological positions, and the resulting divisions that have a blinding way of providing those detours that take believers away from the Great Commission into unending disputes about obscure points of theology, which is a tragedy, especially for those who know nothing about Christ and are searching for an answer to the problems of life.
The world needs Jesus. They need to hear the truth. They need to hear the gospel, which is the good news, and the only way to salvation. The gospel is the power of God onto salvation to those who believe. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.
Theology is, of course, needful, and sound doctrine important, but it comes later when they have entered the kingdom through faith, confession of Christ, and baptism into the Body.
Of course, as Christians, we need to test every spirit to see if it is of Christ, and give warnings about false teachers, but to compose and sustain a continual stream of negativity towards members of the Body of Christ simply because they do not hold to a certain theology is counterproductive and harmful to the cause of Christ.
And we need discernment, but it should be based on what is correct according to the teachings of Christ and His Apostles and Prophets, not on a denomination’s theology. There is only one Body of Christ, and one doctrine of Christ. We are one in Him.
The Word of God is our guide and doctrine for a sustained walk in Christ, particularly the teachings of the New Testament, with the Old Testament to assist as examples. We cannot make interpretation of scripture a battleground or a license to condemn those who do not hold to our understanding when there are disputes over the meaning of some passages. That is called schism, and is an immature approach that excludes those who are yet to enter into the kingdom.
Countering the revolutionary spirit of the world
The world is changing rapidly, and there is a dark and dangerous revolutionary spirit in the air. The Church, more than ever, needs to be under one banner of love in Christ to counteract the rise of secularism and militant religiosity that is about to unleash itself on the globe. The signs are all around us.
Now is the day of our salvation. Today is the day we need to be as one in Christ.
Ephesians 4:1-6 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The world needs Jesus, and it needs a Church that demonstrates the true gospel in the bond of peace, not as separate entities at war with one another.
Without Jesus the Church is powerless.