Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sep | 02 | 16 Benefits of good separation


16 Benefits of good separation

John 17:22
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: NKJV 

He said: “With 16 food banks in my city how dare we say that Christian unity is leading the way? 16 separate churches, 16 separate organizations, 16 separate fundraising appeals, 16 separate charities set up, 16 separate missions, ministries, outreaches, 16 separate helps to the poor all doing the same thing, and all completely separate!”

May I say that I believe the search for practical Christian unity this side of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is an impossibility and is therefore a waste of time. Therefore, to abandon the cause of Christian unity is neither an attempt to negate this prayer of Jesus Christ, nor an attempt to try and remove it of its own efficaciousness and power, nor is it a suggestion of ts never being answered! No, the abandonment of the search for Christian unity will quite simply save money, heartache, harm, energy, and further disruption to Christian congregations.

In addition to this, is historical precedent of the proof that the push for Christian unity does not force all of us towards Christian orthodoxy, but rather, forces the definite compromising of the essentials of Christian doctrine. To stop this happening alone, means that there is therefore greater safety in separation.

Does this mean that I am propagating division amongst the churches by saying this? By no means. On the contrary, I want to promote the right kind of Christian unity and I believe the very best display of Christian unity, with integrity, is seen in that ‘no strings attached’, succor, support, and steadfastness that the compromise a fake unity can never bring.

 Be assured of this, that there is no division of Christ, nor with Christ, nor in Christ! Indeed, we are all one in Christ Jesus. This is a spiritual oneness that only will manifest itself in a material oneness when the material Christ places His feet back on this planet. Until then, let us consider that the Word of God by His almighty power might just be sustaining the separation of things that need to remain separate. Even good things.

What I am about to say is maybe an enigmatic paradox. However, “I believe it is time for Christians not to promote division but rather, by embracing separation with integrity, to promote true Christian unity.”
v Here are 16 benefits of good separation for your consideration:

1. Separation allows the full expression of distinctives’ and diversities.
2. Separation allows fighting to be done on a multitude of fronts.
3. Separation allows for true love, true compassion, and true comradery, rather than that which is forced and given out of compulsion.
4. Separation allows for challenge without protection and politics.
5. Separation stops cancer spreading quickly.
6. Separation allows for further and wider separation where necessary and yet still allows for life to continue in those that are separated.
7. Separation does not make way for popes.
8. Separation allows for the possibility of more leaders being raised up.
9. Separation allows for the creation of new spiritual endeavors and the rise of other entrepreneurial spiritual exploits that need to be birthed and to exist often times outside of the present family and borders of a current confinement.
10. Separation allows for the birth of temporary ‘structures’ and more especially for the easy death of the same without the collapse of the whole body.
11. Separation allows for immigrant cross-pollination, and by that I mean that it allows for Saints to travel and to become embedded in those other organizations which would give them life rather than death.
12. Separation allows for intelligent complexity and speedier adaptability in an ever-changing world whose fighting fronts and borders shift and morph so very quickly.
13. Separation allows for the rise of the fragrance of freshness. It eliminates the problem of a continual staleness.
14. Separation fosters a spirit of adventure and of pioneering.
15. Separation allows for the preservation of orthodoxy.
16. Separation makes way for the cultural fit of families, tribes, tongues and nations.

There is one Lord, one faith and one baptism, but friends we do not all ride in a one-horse open sleigh just yet! And we need to thank God for that, especially in days like these.

Listen:- ess, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV

Pray: -  Father, grant us that generosity of spirit that true unity brings so that Lord, through all the safeties of right separation coupled with true integrity, your church would be made to prosper and to grow on every front that Your Holy Spirit directs. Amen and let it be so.

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