That the World May Believe

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. – John 17:20-21

Within westernized, American Christianity today, there is a large anti-denominational movement. It is not uncommon today to meet people who are “proud” to say that their church has no formal denominational connection. I once heard of a pastor in a popular denomination who, when asked, sheepishly admitted the connection, as if he was ashamed.

Unity is a noble and biblical aim and I, too, agree that all orthodox believers in Christ should find ways to work together to accomplish the Great Commission of our Savior, but seeking to dissolve all differences is as ludicrous as erasing the distinctives between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Unity is not uniformity. The “non-denoms” have become a “brand” as much as the established denominations. The important principle to grasp is not to erase the differences we see, but to ensure that we do not differ from Christ and ever allow those differences to keep us from the greater task of proclaiming His glory. Clearly, if we desire this world to know our Savior, it must also see our unity.

Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together. – Corrie Ten Boom

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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