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divide and conquer

“Come out from among them” is the cry for the 21st century follower of Christ or Christian. Divide and conquer is a man-made theory to break one power into many smaller powers to make them more manageable in order to take control of those smaller powers one by one. If Christians came together they would be “one large power” under God, the ultimate ruler, particularly in the United States.

Therefore it is important to keep them from uniting by fostering fights, misunderstandings, differences, hatred among brethren, and by using the political and social histories of the groups.

Leaders/rulers of these smaller powers are usually manipulating – subtlety, or indirectly, or directly - the people in the process in order to keep them from uniting with their brothers and sisters in Christ across the country. How has this happened?

Followers of Christ or Christians are people who are saved through God’s plan of salvation and claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. However, there are many Christian religious affiliations and Christian labels. Research shows there are over two billion Christians worldwide. American claims 80% of its residents are Christians.

Among those 80% are groups divided into Baptists, Episcopalian, Charismatic, Lutherans, Presbyterian, Evangelicals, Full Gospel, Roman Catholics, Nondenominational, Assemblies of God, Holiness, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, Seventh-Day Adventists, Methodists, and many, many, many others.

Labels further divide Christians into groups as seem in terms as “born-again,” “Jesus only,” “modern,” “Evangelical,” “Calvinist,” “Liberal,” “emergent” “postmodern,” “Feminist,” “leftist,” “progressive,” “Arminian,” “conservative,” “traditional,” “millennial,” and so forth.

Christian groups are also divided in the ways in which they understand and believe in the interpretation of scripture. This difference of believing the scriptures does not reflect ambivalence of God’s biblical truths but the finitude of human thinking, understanding, and reflection.

Doctrines and creeds vary, but have proved to be invaluable tools for helping Christians understand the Holy Scriptures, but no one group can claim to have absolute certainty of their interpretation of God’s word. Unfortunately, the dispute among religious leaders over the differing ways of knowing and understanding the biblical message has had the greatest impact on the separation among Christian brothers and sisters.

As a result, divide and conquer has spread through the Christian faith community for years and years and can be witnessed today. Christian groups focus more on what divides them than on Jesus Christ, who links them all together. It has weakened their position of influence as a relevant faith system able to impact society.

Christians may be diverse in the ways in which they believe, know, and understand the biblical message, yet without Jesus Christ, there is no Christian. Jesus Christ is the unifying power that connects members of the Christian faith. Have Christians lost sight on that?

Since Jesus Christ alone is the unifying power, why is there a separation between Christian individuals? Instead shouldn’t Christian individuals separate themselves from identifying labels, titles, political parties that are being corrupted by the world?

As a Christian do you associate with groups that divide people - especially if they are your brother or sister in Christ – instead of bringing them lovingly and peacefully together? Wake up!!

Many (not all) labels, titles, political parties, affiliations that represented righteousness, holiness and purity have been tainted or corrupted by the world’s influence and fused with lawless thinking and behavior. The only untainted title and label is Jesus Christ.

Righteousness and lawlessness cannot work together. Think for yourself and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is time for the true followers of Christ to “come out from among them” and stop identifying with corrupted groups, instead of with Jesus Christ alone. Don’t let “divide and conquer” continue to reduce the Christian faith's supernatural power to impact society as ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).

Restore the Spirit of unity, which is Jesus Christ, among Christian brothers and sisters and restore the supernatural power to change the nation. “Come out from among them.”

“For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so it is with Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)” (1 Corinthians 12:12)/

“May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2).

“For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us,” (Ephesian 2:14).

Dr. Pensacola H. Jefferson

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