The True Way To Religious Unity? II
By: Gary Colley
This is the second in a series of articles concerning the important study on the Lord's plan for religious unity. We have attempted to clear our minds of the reasons for religious division, and appeal to the better judgment of our readers to turn back to Bible unity (Ephesians 4:1-6). Of course the Lord's plan is always right, plain, and workable. It brings peace and comfort to those who have the proper faith in Him and His authority (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 10:17). Though men may submit a thousand paths to religious unity, His way only is always right. There was never a doubt in the minds of the early Christians, nor in the minds of true Christians today, that Jesus meant for His disciples to be united in a fellowship of love and truth. For this unity Jesus prayed
(John 17:20-21). He did not pray for something that is "impossible!" He forbids any man to change, twist, or add to His plan for religious unity (Revelation 22:18-19, Galatians 1:8-9)! We have offered several reasons why division in denominationalism is harmful and wrong. We here offer another.
Some today are speaking of "Unity in Diversity," "You go your way and I will go mine . . . but we will agree to disagree and have unity." Unity and Diversity are opposite terms that make folly of any hope for unity! These want all to come together, but without being agreed on the one standard of Truth (John 17:17). Though some are heard to thank God for religious division, it is a known fact that it weakens Christian influence in all areas of life (Amos 3:3)! When those professing to be Christians follow their own ways instead of the Lord's Way, there is no united front against juvenile crime, or any of the other wicked forces attacking the people of our nation and world, moral or otherwise, whether young or old (Isaiah 55:8-9). This "crack in the armour" of what we ought to be as followers of the Lord is inexcusable! Division and disunity makes it impossible to convince the world of the right Way of the Lord when these we are trying to teach see only strife and alienation. This condition poisons all human relations, especially ones of a spiritual or religious nature.