A blessed good morning to all my brothers and sisters in the Lord peace be unto you and within thy walls. This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Division, disunity, and discord are constants in a world ruined by sin. On virtually every front, over every conceivable issue, mankind is at war with itself. Driven by pride and greed, everyone wants his or her own way, and no one is given to sacrificing or surrendering for the sake of another. Power has become the ultimate goal for one’s survival.
And even when the people of the world do manage to work together—whether in a common cause, a business venture, or a marriage—you can be sure that self-interest undergirds their cooperation. That’s what it means to be “dead in your trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) apart from Christ, we lack the ability to do anything truly selfless, righteous, or good. This is the time for us to lay aside the weight that so easily besets us and we are to come together and run with patience. Thankfully, while the church is filled with sinners who share the same selfish instincts, God has freed His people from the bondage of their flesh and given them the ability to work together, sacrificing themselves for the sake of His kingdom and each other.
Regardless what the world thinks about you, we are still The Mystical Order. Every day one leaves, the circle may be smaller but it gets stronger.
That unity among believers is a powerful encouragement. It buoys our spirits in the midst of trials, energizes our spiritual growth, shoulders our burdens, promotes accountability to live holy lives, and emboldens us to proclaim the truth of God’s Word. Christians are right to celebrate the unity the Lord has forged between us and must protect it against Satan’s assaults. When any member of the faithful cause a fight or scandal it shows that they were never apart from the beginning.
But we need to keep that unity in proper perspective, along with its implications. Do we love the imagery of standing together with other Christians As we do with Full Gospel Tabernacle and Jehovah in Emmanuel Spiritual Baptist Church, but are we giving too little thought about what we’re standing against? We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places. Many believers today are quick to assert their solidarity in the gospel. But what are the implications of that unity? It’s not enough just to affirm that we stand together for the gospel—we also need to understand what we’re united together against.
In the coming days, we’re going to consider some of those implications, and some specific issues and movements that our unity in the gospel demands we oppose. Stay with me as we understand the fight we are up to in these last days.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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