Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different churches in the world? The reason for this is because not everyone believes the same things when it comes to the doctrine of Christ. Yet, in spite of all these doctrinal differences, many plead for unity (appealing to Jesus’ prayer in John 17) and say something like, “Can’t we all just get along?” What does the Bible say?
According to the Bible Jesus only established (built) ONE church: HIS (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23). Unless we are in that one church we cannot be saved (Acts 2:47). Also, the Bible reveals that there is only ONE doctrine: HIS (Gal. 1:6-12). Unless we abide in that one doctrine we cannot be saved (2 Jn. 9-11). Paul tells us that we must be of the same mind in Christ (Phil. 3:16); speaking the same doctrine, believing the same doctrine, and applying the same doctrine (1 Cor. 1:10). This is how we have unity in Christ, friends (Jn. 17:20-23). “Is Christ divided” (1 Cor. 1:13)? Certainly not! Then why should we be?