Lest people send me messages and leave comments saying I sound mad, let me tell you that I am. Traveling throughout the so-called Bible belt has brought back to my mind the intensity of how much I dislike much of organized religious Christianity. Please note how I phrased this, for I don 't want to be accused of bashing churches or denominations.
Just today I imagine I have seen hundreds of churches. I have seen old majestic ones, little run down ones, gigantic mega ones and fairly normal ones. There is one thing in common about every single one of these churches and that is they were deserted. I mean totally deserted as in not one single vehicle parked in the lot. Is church really just something done once or twice a week?
Some of the churches I saw were obviously built in stages for they reminded of the way poorer people used to add on to their houses. The siding doesn 't match and I am sure the doorways don 't either. But, something tells me these simple churches, which all seemed to have odd names, are probably more spiritually alive than many of the mega churches I passed that easily occupied 5 acres of ground.
Late this afternoon I was led from the TCCO center in far southern Alabama to another location in southern Mississippi. I did count, and in the ten miles we drove, we passed 26 churches. What was amazing was how there were no two of the same brand: 26 churches representing 26 different belief systems and/or denominations.
In one little deserted section of land no bigger than a city block, there were three small churches all of which were in one way or another under one major denomination's banner. How can there be three churches who basically believe the same thing separated by less than a few hundred feet? The answer is actually quite simple: One church split from the first one and then the next one split from the second one. This happens over and over again within Christianity.
Why do Christians have to fight so much with each other? Why do Christians insist on trying to prove they are right and all other Christians are wrong? Shouldn 't our emphasis be on helping those who are not saved instead of fighting with each other all the time?
In my two years here on this site, I have seen countless fights break out among equally qualified believers. I have seen people literally rip each other apart like two pit bulls in a dogfight. I have seen believers attack other believers for what they believe like they were born of the serpent 's seed. I have seen word battles linger on for days and weeks as two or three people launch an all out campaign to either prove they are right or the other person is wrong.
What is wrong with us? Why is it we feel the need to prove to everyone we are always right, even when we are dead wrong? Why is it we are so adamant in blasting each other with heavy artillery all the time? Why do we insist on doing the devil 's job for him?
The devil is the god of confusion, division and every wicked thing. If we insist on spending all our time fighting each other, we are in reality giving him the day off for we are doing exactly what he wants us to do. As Christians, we may not agree on everything, and indeed, we may not agree on much at all; but, we need to take our swords and use them on the enemy instead of being so quick to butcher each other. Maybe then, instead of a thousand or more new denominations forming each year we might here of reconciliations and believers coming together. Wouldn 't that be an incredible accomplishment.
I agree with this 100%. In the early 1920's, the denomination I grew up in split in two. It had only been in existence for 20 years so it was very personal. Even growing up in the '60's I would hear about "them" and "us". Slowly but surely there was sort of a "peace treaty" which emerged. My husband and I even graduated from "their" college. LOL!
Seriously, in the late '90's God called both churches to formally apologize and be reconciled. It was an important step. Did they still have differences? Sure! However, they both realized they were brothers and sisters in Christ and as such, they needed to act accordingly and work together for both had the common goal... sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ!
maturity levels, perception, misunderstanding, and what's in the person's heart... . not to mention levels of actual knowledge and understanding... we work on those issues and pray... that's why walking in LOVE is so important b2y. it ends a lot of strife.
I agree 100% with "The devil is the god of confusion, division and every wicked thing. If we insist on spending all our time fighting each other, we are in reality giving him the day off for we are doing exactly what he wants us to do. As Christians, we may not agree on everything, and indeed, we may not agree on much at all; but, we need to take our swords and use them on the enemy instead of being so quick to butcher each other. "
The strategy should be to stop a dissension before it gains momentum on emotion..yes Say STOP! and don't fall into temptation. Only God's love and the Holy Spirit's discernment can help us in this area.
Dear B2Y--Well said and well written. An ex-satanist priest turned preacher named Mike Warnke once said that it is such a shame that the might army of God, properly adorned with the armor of God, spends so much of its time either polishing their swords or fighting among each other. Then Dr. Adrian Rogers commented that it is only the army of God that shoots its own wounded. Sad but true. :( YBIChrist--Ron