Biblical Unity

 

This Music Monday post will be focused on Biblical unity.

I spent (currently spending) this week in Orlando, Florida partaking of Church of God of Prophecy’s 99th International Assembly at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Convention Centre where over 135 nations were present. A collective whole all unified in the same building serving the same God. This week was filled with great, influential leaders but there was also another, the presence of the majestic God of the ages, the most pure spirit, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, most Holy, most absolute, most just THAT God was in the midst. Surely the presence of the Lord was in that place, I could feel his mighty power and his grace. With that it was great to receive a word from these preachers on a mission of unity, one that brought an unprecedented yet needed view on the church and unity was Pastor Greenaway as spoken about in this post.

It is amazing what God can do with any vessel that is willing to pay the price of entire consecration to him and his cause. He can use a David and Paul just as he can use a Noah and a John. Each mans work is important as we all complement each other. We are all gifts to the body of Christ. There are many more that God will save and use. People that we least expect will come in and take on leading roles, people who did not even plan to get involved get involved but it is our responsibility that they have that ability through our message of the Gospel.

In Acts the Holy Spirit was pushing the church to move beyond its borders and its narrow confines of its strictly Jewish identity and to carry the message onto the uttermost part. Similar to back then this world needs to be evangelized. Wherever the world wants it or not God will arrange for the Gospel to be expanded and for all men to hear. Sometimes it’ll take angels, visions, divine interventions and occurrences of the supernatural to change minds. This Gospel message must be preached to all nations to realize the people we thought were ineligible God has already qualified them to be participants of his grace. We cannot keep the church kosher, or Jewish, or white, or black, or Southern, or American, or English, or Caribbean or partial to any ethnic group or culture. We must do as God calls, it is still his church we are just passing through but he is the divine order and operator of this organization. It seems the church these days lack the desire to move past culture, ethnicity, and tradition to unify. What we need are bold people, those who are truly religious, devout and careful to realize the presence of God in all nations.

There is too much madness going on in the church today and it makes you wonder if we’ve lost our sense of God. To think, some want to adjust the Bible to support the rulings of the Supreme Court concerning same sex marriage as to appear modern and enlightened. In the words of Pastor Greenaway, we cannot adjust the book; the book causes us to adjust. We can’t fix the book; the book fixes us. We can’t change the book; the book changes us. We can’t judge the book; the book judges us. It doesn’t matter what the Supreme Court says, there is another supreme court that is ruled by a man named Jesus. I say this not to be mean to any segment of society but it’s important to draw attention to anyone trying to take out pages of the book and the words of this prophecy. The church should fear God too much to misinterpret the word. We should fear God too much to live as we please and still call ourselves Christians. There is a way that leads to life and a way that leads to death. Some things just ain’t right! Let the church be the church. There is love in the fear of God but there must also be fear in the love of God that’s what constitutes our sanctity. We must say, “I love him too much” or “I fear him too much.” It’s too late for us to try and fit in, we don’t want to fit in we can’t fit in, the world won’t allow us to fit in. The mandate is “be not transformed by the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds that you might prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2.

What’s key is that we realize Biblical unity doesn’t mean conformity. We believe in ecumenism but not at the expense of loosing our souls and our ways. We must make adjustments to come together but we cannot come together around falsehood, the world has already done that. We must come together around the truth of God’s word. As Pastor Greenaway put it, “this is not Babylon this is Zion, the habitation of God’s place.”

In order for unity we must pray. We must pray at all times like Cornelius in Acts 10 who prayed and was heard. We must pray for Canada. We must pray for America. We must pray for Donald Trump. We must pray for Obama. We must pray for Hilary Clinton. We must pray for Paris. We must pray for Orlando. We don’t have to agree but we do have to PRAY for those not prey on those who don’t know the Lord. We must come together in prayer for that’s where great power lies. We are on a mission and that mission only works once we unify!

We cannot unify if we focus on the racial and cultural differences. God said it’s time to break down the walls, “we can no longer be divided by culture and race and nationality and politics and denominations and other superficialities” Pastor Greenaway says. Jesus is neither white conscious nor black conscious or brown conscious but he brings all to the consciousness of life and Holy living. Jesus is white and Jesus is black and Jesus is brown and Jesus is yellow and Jesus is Caribbean and Jesus is Northern and Jesus is Southern and Jesus is from the West and Jesus is from the East. Jesus made all from the same blood, black, white, yellow, brown, it doesn’t matter. ALL are welcome in the body of Christ and we, as Christians must unify despite race, culture and gender. We must be in charge of tearing down walls and keeping them down. The desire is that every nation has that fear of God for God so loves the world and if God so loves the world then we as believers must love the world including all people of the world. We as Christians cannot be racist, there’s no such thing it’s not possible that the love we should have within us is subject to colour and if it is we must re-evaluate the love within us. For this reason, we cannot be driven by race, culture or nationality in fact that’s not how the book ends. In Revelation 7:9-11 we read “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God.” We read that all nationalities, all tongues (languages) stood before the throne to the same God and worshipped! We must find that very same unity. God is a big God and he expects a big church with every man, woman and race coming together to worship him.

This week’s song is I Know Who I Am by Sinach (theme song of the National Assembly 2016)

Lyrics:
We are a chosen generation
Called forth to show His excellence
All I require for life, God has given me
And I know who I am

I know who God says I am
What He says I am
Where He says I’m at
I know who I am

I’m walking in power,
I’m walking miracles
I live a life of favor,
‘Cause I know who I am

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
I know who I am

I am holy, I am righteous oh…
I am so rich, I am beautiful

I’m walking in power,
I’m walking miracles
I live a life of favor,
‘Cause I know who I am

Take a look at me, I’m a wonder
It doesn’t matter what you see now
Can you see His glory?
‘Cause I know who I am

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
I know who I am

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