For God’s people, what He says needs to have priority over what any organization or person says. Many times, there are real conflicts between what God’s word says and teaches and what denominations teach. It needs to be understood that, where there is a conflict, God’s word prevails.
The question is about how you handle these conflicts. Do you get mad or disappointed with the denomination because you plainly see where they are wrong? Do you yield to God to correct whatever is wrong in His way and time while keeping peace and not sowing discord in the fellowship? These are choices that can determine you spiritual health for years to come, so please think and pray deeply about these things.
We once belonged to a fellowship where there was major doctrinal error, yet we knew God wanted us to be there. We brought the issues to His throne and left them there while moving forward in spiritual love and unity with the brethren. Over time, these very issues were brought to the attention of fellowship leaders, and changes began to be implemented. There were varying reactions. Some called the changes veering away from the truth they had been taught and lived, and they left the organization to continue with others who believed as they did. Others remained with the fellowship and embraced the changes and followed God’s leading them from what they believed was His truth but found out they were in error. Still others remained with the fellowship and resisted the changes.
Spiritual family, brothers and sisters in Christ, what matters to God is your relationship with Him and your connection to Him. When those are right and firmly grounded and rooted in His spiritual love, God can and does correct these errors that occur when He wills and knows it’s best for all to do so.
The question for you is how much do you trust Jesus to make things right in His church, meaning all denominations from the Catholic to the Pentecostal? Can you focus on living God’s spiritual love towards Him, others and self and leave the rest to Him?
Here are some scriptures to think, pray and write about as you digest this topic:
2 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we pray that you focus on what’s important to Jesus: being love as He is. We also pray that you hear those same thrilling words the sheep did, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord”.
Just so you understand: we refer to doctrines that people teach because they sincerely believe they are spiritual truth. We don’t refer to patently false doctrine designed specifically to draw God’s people away from His truth. We pray God grants you the wisdom and the discernment to tell the difference.
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