The Face-Off

The photo says it all !

These two churches on our main street are having a face-off !

They are both Christian Churches, but they have doctrinal differences, and thus , they have the need to worship on either side of the street.

I have attended both churches, while church visiting.

The white church is built to hold 1,200 worshippers. I counted 30 parishioners while I was there.

The gray church recently had part of their membership leave and form a new church, as they had some disagreements , which no one fully understood.

The members that left now share a church building with another church.This works out because one group worships on Sundays, while the other group thinks Saturdays are the best days to worship.

With so many divisions, is it any wonder if non- believers are confused about what Christianity actually teaches ?

Christ does not requires uniformity , but he requires agreement about the essentials of the faith, which are : Love God, and love your neighbour as yourself.

May we, in coming days, be blessed with greater unity. The world is watching us.

42 thoughts on “The Face-Off

  1. Nice post! I was raised Catholic. I have been on a journey for many years to find a new spiritual home. There is confusion everywhere when we should be adhering to the basics-loving others!

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  2. Thanks Sally! This is a great point to focus on as to what is happening with Christianity being continually broken into splitter groups off of previous splinter groups! Which all of them came from the original Church that Peter was instructed by Jesus to build, which he did! But, as time went on we know that some major fractures in the Church occurred and ever since then we have as a broken family continued in that vein obviously, which I know God is not too pleased with because of what you indicated here as fundamental tenets that God instructed us to hold dear and somehow the message has gotten lost in the shuffle of humans always thinking they can do some sort of one-upmanship with the other guy or maybe it’s to gain control and power by some, but the problem as I see it is what you said and how unity is not the order of the day with Christians; way too many denominations! Cain and Abel proved just how bitter and resentful even blood brothers can become which is the root of sin and evil in mankind, and as I see it all of this division is no better, and this is after Jesus came to redeem, brother will still be against brother or sister against sister, just carrying on with the same defect in the heart, but to me how they can after Jesus showed us by His example the way, that they still do this in spite of that is grave error and sin. There should be more effort for unity and one Church family of Christians, but I know that isn’t happening because humans are so broken. Thank you for bringing this to the fore.

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      1. Hi again Sally! πŸ€— I hope I said it well enough because you were so gracious to point out the imperative at play in these circumstances we find ourselves in these days! I appreciate the opportunity to interact in such meaningful dialog and share our faith in the Lord! God bless you and yours! πŸ™ 😊

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      2. πŸ€— Sally you’re always welcome! Absolutely Spot-On, that’s how I thought of it when I sent that comment, β€œHis Bride!” Of course we as His broken and fallen were not going to be able to maintain a state of euphoria and idyllic harmony and He knew this of course being God, but He gave us His word and the Church so that we would have the tools to work with in order to be on the right path; so then the rest by the power of the Holy Spirit can be provided to His lambs as He watches over them constantly! πŸ™ 😊

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  3. My dear this is a tough one, an age old cry. The world have something to use against the church and I hear it all the time. For truth to be told some operate with wrong doctrine, some are nominal and ritualistic and seeking to hear from God. This cause opposition as you will have people who are hungry for growth and feel stagnant.
    Prayer is the key. Let us hope God will pour out His Spirit once more upon all churches (Revival is needed) so that leaders will come in alignment with God’s agenda. I hope many church leaders all our the world would see this post and desire change.

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    1. I love this post, too, and I totally agree with your comment, Maurice. Let’s hope and pray for a revival! Beneath all the denominational excess lies the simple faith in Jesus Christ. That is a ‘find’ truly worth uncovering and showing to the world!!!

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  4. Great truth. God isn’t into traditions and uniformity. Father God looks at the heart, from out of it flows the issues of our life. Does your heart love God? Does your heart love your neighbor? Love covers a multitude of sin. Genuine love is the answer. Thanks for the post.

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  5. Thanks Sally. The solution to this sad situation has always been the same from the very beginning. The first believers had to deal with it also. It is in part why I am writing my current series on Early Church History, which I appreciate you following. The Lord Jesus has extensive teachings and a full curriculum. This is all brought forth in the Gospels. We also have an original history book illustrating the working out of His teachings.

    The Gospel of Mark says He continued working with them confirming the Word preached with signs. The apostle Paul taught in great detail the working out of the Lord’s teachings and also added much history through his ministry. We therefore have a full and complete record and their example for us to go by.

    Christian unity is reached through individuals first submitting to the Lord Jesus, believing His teachings, and obeying them. When others do the same it is not difficult to be in lateral unity. The problems of disunion always start with straying from His original teachings and the original historical record.

    The entire 613 commandments of the Torah were reduced to the two greatest by the Lord, which you referred to. It is all about love, first for Him and secondly for others.

    Blessings to you.

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  6. It’s sad how we let these (really) insignificant differences drive a wedge between us, and even become a reason for hostility. As you so rightly stress the only things that really matter are: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbour as yourself πŸ™‚

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  7. Amen! We’re to be known by our love for each other!

    John 13:34-35 New King James Version (NKJV)

    34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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  8. If people could only focus on the basics of the Christian faith, loving God, loving others and winning the world for Him, the differences might not seem so important any more. I recently read a story about a group of pastors who had been put in prison for their faith. I’m not positive, but I think Richard Wurmbrand was one of them. They kept arguing about their differences until the guard commented about it and how it was good reason for him not to believe. From that moment on they focused on the love of God and came into greater and greater unity. I think it’s the same in many areas of life. Someone is different, has an affliction, has some idiosyncrasy, and that’s all people see rather than the real person inside. People seem more geared to criticism of others than pointing out the good things in one another. It’s a lesson people need to take to heart especially in the church.

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  9. Amen. We should all be working to lead the lost to Christ. But, selfish,prideful, greedy man gets in the way. Satan can and will work through anyone. And laughs at the division he causes. We have got to recognize him at his schemes, and rebuke him. Praying for spiritual leaders.

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    1. Hi David !
      Yes, the two near empty churches facing each other does display the dysfunction within the Christian family.
      Nevertheless, Christ loves the church, his Bride.

      He completely understands the weakness of humanity, and is sad when we struggle and fight over silly things.

      I remember that a church service I attended was delayed when two ladies were arguing about whether or not there should be shepherds in the manger scene with the wise men, since the wise men arrived after the shepherds…

      I have seen quarrels about what hymns should be sung, and arguments about cloths on the altar being the wrong colour.

      I think that recent events have made us all more aware of the main message of salvation, and the need for all of us to work together.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—

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