What Joins Us

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At His ascension, the Lord Jesus Christ established one church built on the teachings of the twelve Apostles. As the Bible says: “Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:20.

In AD 325, Church leaders were called together in Bithynian city of Nicaea (now Iznik, Turkey) by the Roman Emperor Constantine for an ecumenical council.

The purpose of that ecumenical council, was to attain consensus in the church through an assembly representing all of Christendom. In other words, that council had as its purpose: the unity of faith, tenet, doctrine and creed.

That unity lasted for a long time, under the leadership of Roman Catholic Church and under papal authority in particular. Seven centuries later, in 1054, the Greek Orthodox Church in the East broke with the Roman Catholic Church in the West. And there were other movements in Western Europe after that which were considered heretical and eventually died out.

But in the sixteenth century appeared the Protestant Reformation, opposed to Roman Catholic Church.

And that Reformation started with reformers such as: Arnold of Brescia, Peter Waldo, Jan Hus, Tomáš Štítný ze Štítného, John Wycliffe, and Girolamo Savonarola. And those who continued the Reformation and eventually succeeded included Martin Luther in Germany, Zwingli in Zürich, Calvin in Geneva. After that upheaval, the Catholic Church itself was reformed by the edicts of the Council of Trent.

As a result of the Protestant Reformation, Western Christianity adopted different confessions (Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Anabaptist) and further divisions came with the rising of Baptists in the 17th century and the Wesleyans (Methodists and Nazarenes) in the 18th century and Disciples of Christ in the 19th century. That was the basic story so we can understand where we are from.

And a specific point that we can notice is that every confession has its doctrines, but Jesus Christ should be our common point.

But often doctrines constitute an obstacle between Christians.

In the early church, we can see the same kind of thing between the Apostle Paul, Cephas (Peter) and Apollos in 1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:22.

The Apostles made the foundation. But in their time, there were many concerns between disciples according to their leaders.

Those who had Peter as a leader never wanted to eat with Gentiles. Galatians 2:11-14 shows us that.

Every time God sends a man, He still gave a particular vision that is specific to him.

When we put two visions side by side, although both come from the Lord and should complement each other, but we often see that he who has a great vision compared to the other, has never been very well understood.

For sometimes his understanding of God's vision and God's word is superior to that of his contemporaries.

And the Apostle Paul is a perfect example of that.

Jews, although they were Christians, still kept some things of their customs (never ate with Gentiles). While in Christ there's no Gentile or Jew... see Romans 10:12, Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11.

We all are Christians, children of one Father, that is Jesus Christ.

Despite our diverse doctrines or tenet or creeds, we have a same heavenly Father, Jesus Christ (to those who believe in Him as God).

As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”

Be grown-up! Instead of saying, “I have the better doctrine or tenet or creed,” let's go into the world to catch the last sheep for the Lord, for His coming is so close.

And look after our faith, we should remember Jesus Christ asked a question in Luke18:8:

However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

And Paul added in 1 Corinthians 9:27: “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Stop arguments about doctrine or tenet or creed, for everybody will stay with what he thinks to be the truth, with his Biblical statements.

Romans 14:1 “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.”

The Lord added in Luke 10:2: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

If between us (workers), we pass our time arguing about our diverse doctrines, who'll talk about the gospel to those who never heard about Jesus Christ?

And Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 13:2: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

Jehovah of the Old testament is Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and He said: “I am coming soon.” Revelation 3:11, 22:7, 22:12, 22-20 John 14:28.

Let's be ready to welcome our first and great Love: The Church's Bridegroom (Jesus Christ).

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