The True Way To Religious Unity? I
By: Gary Colley
Many among those who profess to be Christians speak favorably about seeking for unity. Even among those who are leaders of religious movements rhetoric is often heard, and even some councils with humanly devised plans for unity are offered. Although these efforts seem to fizzle out quickly, we commend those who at least have the though in mind. Some even speak of being "Ecumenical," which is a word invented by Protestants to designate a movement to bring all professed Christians together in some kind of unity. Generally these actually speak of "union" instead of real "unity." There is the old illustration of two cats tied together by the tails and thrown over a clothes line. . . it is correctly stated that there is union, but no unity! Some denominational and inter-denominational mergers have been accomplished, but generally as soon as the announcement is made the humanly concocted unity scheme has already ruptured! What must be sought for real unity is non-denominational Christianity.
"ALL GOING TO THE SAME PLACE?"
Even among those who contend all religious people are going to the same place, there are at great cost (waste) separate buildings, creed books, publishing houses, and differing human plans of salvation, worship and names. Thousands of dollars are spent in erecting several church buildings in one small community, while one building would be sufficient to meet the needs, if there existed true Bible unity. The popular doctrine of these denominations is that one does not have to be a member of any church to be saved . . . not even theirs! Teachings foreign to the Bible bring schisms that without a doubt hamper the mission as it is taught by the Lord for His people (Luke 19:10,
John 14:6, Matthew 28:18-20). The very division of these religious people, when viewed by the world, is confusing, contradictory, and deadening to those who otherwise might be seeking the true unity of the New Testament. This is the exact thought which the Lord expressed would be the case when He prayed to His Father! Please read in your own copy of the Bible John 17:20-21.