The Church Is His Bride
One thing that I have noticed in modern Christianity is the rise of certain sects, denominations or 5 folds gifts. The prophetic mantle seems to have made a vibrant comeback somehow within the last 9-10 years and then people began to bash people for this particular office or the lack thereof. In time the kingdom work of certain non-denominational churches has been ejected to the forefront and what I have noticed is a disdain for other denominations that are perceived to not be doing things “right” or “our way.” What I have noticed is a very divisive spirit that underlies many pure kingdom movements. The honor of a leader or ministry gift turns into the idolizing of that individual or gift and then, in turn, demonizes anything that is not that. The devil has done a masterful job of making people believe they are the only ones doing it right but we must understand that the kingdoms length and width cannot be measured because it is not a building. It is a bride, a blameless entity that has many different members.
I am reminded of a story in the Book of Luke the 9th chapter somewhere around the 46th verse. The disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in Heaven and out of nowhere they mentioned that there were those casting out demons in Jesus’ name but they forbade them because they did not follow them. Jesus in his usual unpredictable nature said forbid them not for he that is not against you is for you. What I garnered from that story is just because a denomination or people do not do exactly as I am culturally used to or what I think is right doesn’t mean they are in sin or even wrong. That is something I think we could learn from this story in Christianity, unity and acceptance of differences. Now I do understand there are things being done that are inherently wrong according to the scriptures and we must protect the sanctity of the gospel. That is not what I am referring to. For example, with me being Church of God in Christ (COGIC) I do honor what we have done in the kingdom over the course of our history but I won’t demonize the Baptist church that we derived from. That is honor, to understand that those that came before us did not do everything right but they did lay down a foundation from what they knew was pure.
Mistakes were made and my generation will make some as well but let us continue in real love and KINGDOM minded unity. There are three that bear record in heaven, the father, the word and the Holy Ghost, these three are one (1 John 5:7). God was more of a hard taskmaster, Jesus is the embodiment of the pure law and grace and the Holy Ghost is a comforter. All having different characteristics they are one, and so is the church. Let us continue in this manner of oneness with love and kindness towards one another.