Another very good piece on the ‘new era’ in the Church. Our Heavenly Father is (at long last) answering Jesus’ prayer at John 17: 20-26, the full context of which is important for grasping its key buried within – and how He’s going to work through us. Yesterday our apostolic leader spoke along the same lines as Gillan and Richard P. He echoed my opinion that non-believers are such because they see – and know of – widespread division in Christianity. The Holy Trinity is united in their diversity, which is what Father wants Jesus’ body to mirror; “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent me…”
When I was growing up in the 1980s, Christianity always appeared to my young eyes to be very tribal. Christians were very keen to emphasise their differences, drawn mostly along denominational and doctrinal lines. Issues such as adult/child baptism, the role of women in the church, whether the gifts of the Spirit still existed and various interpretations of passages in the Bible were sticking points that separated Christians. Churches from different denominations rarely did much together unless there was a big event or initiative such as a Billy Graham mission. Ecumenism was something of a dirty word that few were interested in.
Now, my perceptions could have been wrong and it many have been partly down to where I lived, but I don’t think that would fully explain it. Not so long ago I would hear people identifying themselves as Baptist or Evangelical or Anglican when asked about their beliefs. If I ask someone…
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