Jesus said “I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:23 NIV
Paul said “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1Cor. 1:10 NIV
So, then Christians, why do we never hear this preached from the pulpits? And why, if we do, is it only used within our own groups to keep peace but not in connection with the whole body of believers? Could it be that “the hirelings” are more concerned with promoting their own interests, protecting their own status, and gaining power by isolating their flocks from other believers who hold different understandings about Scripture? How does that comport with Romans 14:1 “accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters.” “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4, ? Well of course it doesn’t! And, it won’t as long as we believers maintain our sense of spiritual pride about the viewpoints we hold and the denominational beliefs we cherish above the unity Christ calls for. Somehow we forget that we are all “looking thru that dark glass dimly, ” and that we only know in part”. We must get out of our little spiritual boxes and fellowship with the whole body of Christ insisting that our leaders stop being critical of other Biblical teachers, stop “lording it over others”, and respecting only their own kind.