I think that most of us realize that God is the ultimate head of all things and that Christ is the head of the Ekklesia Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
As Christ is the head, we are the body; and our unity is to be with Jesus Christ through the power of his spirit dwelling in us, Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Any body cut off from its head will not survive alone. See how many limbs have been cut off through man’s history and not one them ever regenerated a new head! This simple analogy should be so basic and simple to understand: it is our unity with and relationship to God and Christ which is important: NOT unity with every other person or any group called a church.
In any church group there will be tares, outright weeds and slackers in the faith. Our unity with other people is only secondary to our unity with our HEAD; WHO IS JESUS CHRIST AND HIS FATHER!
Jesus spoke saying, John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
We MUST: abide in our vine our Head; WHO IS JESUS CHRIST! As he abides in HIS Father!
The Father called us and espoused us to his son; and if we overcome sin and learn to keep the whole word of God with enthusiastic zeal, we shall be resurrected to spirit and can then have a place at the Marriage of the Lamb.
When the scripture speaks of unity: it is first speaking of unity with our Head, our Vine, our espoused Husband. How many of you husbands or wives would be pleased if your fiancée or wife favoured unity with another over yourself? Is Jesus Christ any different? Of course not!
Let me repeat v 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. That is how we are unified with our Head: We must do what he commands! The law says; wives obey your husbands, Gen 3:16; and we must obey our Husband above all others.
The law also says that we must obey our fathers and mothers, and so Christ obeys his Father as his Head! and His Father is also our adoptive Father! What is so hard to understand about these things?
Jesus Christ is our espoused Husband, our Vine, our Head: HE COMES FIRST! WE MUST HAVE PERSONAL UNITY WITH HIM and HIS FATHER!
And if we personally do have unity with him and his Father; we shall also have an automatic untiy with all others, who are also united with Christ!
The foundation of Unity in the Ekklesia is unity with the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ!
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
To tolerate sin for the sake of organizational unity is; not unity with God! It is the exact opposite of unity with God and separates us from God!
Anyone who compromises with the doctrines of Christ; anyone who would lead you away from the sound doctrine of Jesus Christ and God the Father; is a sower of division between you and your Head!
If anyone says that they have the authority to permit a person to work or pay others to work even a little on God’s Sabbath, is sowing division between you and your espoused husband, your head, your Lord!
Anyone who declares that he has the right to bind or loose God’s Word; is practicing the abomination of the Primacy of Peter. He is sowing division between God and the brethren!
No man or organization of men, has the right to loose or compromise with any of God’s commandments; and if we accept their assertions; WE ARE COMITTING SPIRITUAL ADULTERY AND UNITING WITH THE OPINIONS OF SOMEONE OTHER THAN OUR espoused Husband!
Brethren, anyone who points you to God and encourages you to exalt and obey our God with enthusiasm is building unity in Christ.
Anyone who waters down or compromises with any part of the whole word of God; is the one who is truly sowing division in the Ekklesia! He is sowing division between the brethren the body; and our Head, God the Father and Jesus Christ!
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Have I encouraged anyone to pollute the Sabbath; or have I counseled all to keep it more strictly and more diligently? If anyone encourages you to compromise further with the doctrine of Holy Scripture and Jesus Christ; Mark that man and reject him!
Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick [compromises with the word of God ] after the first and second admonition reject;
Brethren, when tares rise up to become the leaders and elders, and lead the brethren astray from their true Head to follow themselves, with subtle LIES claiming to be God’s representatives while rebelling against God they deceive many; IF we do not prove them by the Word of God.
Remember that Jesus Christ was speaking to HIS own disciples, not to the worldly, when he said:
Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And again he was talking to US his disciples and not to the worldly:
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Brethren, Jesus is talking about false teachers in the church of God! He is warning his own disciples as did Jude and others.
MANY false teachers will fill the church of God in the end times; and will lead them into a zeal for their own ways and into a coldness for any zeal to keep the whole word of God! They will transfer the brethren’s zeal for God into a zeal for themselves and their corporate organizations; stealing the sheep of God and their crowns!
WHO is the sower of division from our head Jesus Christ and God the Father? It is those who are condemning zeal for keeping the Word of God, and teaching their own traditions rejecting the truth of God’s Word; that are the true causers of division! and doing so in the name of the Holy Spirit of God!
I am accused of sowing division; is that true?
I call all the brethren to turn to, and be zealous to keep the whole Word of God; and if that causes division, there is only one conclusion to be made: These others are NOT zealous for the whole Word of God to keep it! If they were zealous for the whole Word of God they would rejoice that this is being proclaimed!
I am calling all to a passionate zeal for Jesus Christ and the Father, and if calling for unity with God is sowing division between the faithful and the apostates; I make NO apologies!
For Jesus Christ himself shall divide the righteous from the wicked, the sheep from the goats
Doctrine simply means teachings. The present UCG leaders claim that scripture is doctrine; and that they are not changing the scriptures, therefore they are not changing doctrine; only changing and growing in their own understanding. This is of course a lie because doctrine means teachings, BOTH biblical and otherwise. They even call their committee engaging in changing their understandings: The Doctrinal Committee!
Doctrine means teachings: Bible Doctrine means biblical teachings, while church teachings are church doctrine, and could be something very different from Bible Doctrine; What they are doing is radically changing the beliefs and teachings [doctrine] of/in UCG; while claiming that they are not changing Bible doctrine.
This is exactly the same LIE that these same folks told the brethren when these same men orchestrated the WCG doctrinal changes: “We are not changing biblical doctrine, we are spiritually growing in our understanding of these doctrines”.
Cutting through all the double talk meant to obscure reality and deceive the brethren: They are changing UCG beliefs, understandings and teachings about the Bible; they are changing Biblical Doctrine in UCG!
They have already changed their understanding and teaching on Law and Grace and reset attitudes to tolerate differences ie sin while condemning the zealous to keep the whole word of God; and are now preparing the people to look forward to “spiritual” growth; which is in reality apostasy. All the whole claiming that they are growing by God’s hol;y spirit, when god’s spirit would NEVER tolerate sin which separates us from God!
Who is causing division and separating the brethren from God and his word?