ON CHRISTIAN UNITY
-Preached at Waynesboro Bible Church, Waynesboro, Ga. July 14,
Text: "Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Sons of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure
of the stature of the fullness of Christ..." (Eph. 4:13).
Perhaps it was Steve Green, the popular Christian recording
artist who popularized the current battle cry among Evangelicals
"Let the walls come down?" But, the effort being made to join
with Roman Catholics, and Mormons etc., is simply the latest
ecumenical fraud. The Lord has laid down in the Bible the terms
of fellowship, and the time for unity; and the cry to
"let the walls come down" is not the voice of God.
The Apostle John and the Apostle Paul speak of unity; and, "in
the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, shall every word be established"
(II Cor. 13:1). Note, first, the writings of John.
Unity in the Writings of John
In the 17th chapter of Johnís Gospel, the Apostle records the
great prayer of Jesus. "Holy Father, keep through thine own name
those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are"
(17:11). Note the words again; "...that they may be one as we are."
This is the unity of likeness; NOT the unity of
equality. It speaks of the unity of will, of affection, and of
understanding: hence, a unity of likeness. It speaks of abiding
together, of cleaving together in one spirit; of having the same
desires and interest. This is a unity of likeness, not a unity of
Jesus continued: "...Neither pray I for them also which shall
believe on me through their word; 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.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they
may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that
they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that
thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me"
The Terms of Fellowship
There is only one true
faith: it is the faith common among all true Christians. But, all
Christians do not have the same degree of understanding. In his
First Epistle, the Apostle John set down the terms of Christian
fellowship when he wrote, "...truly our fellowship is with the
Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ" (I Jn. 1:3). Fellowship
ceases to be Christian when it ignores Christian doctrine.
Cardinal Christian doctrine is the essential ingredient of
Christian unity. Consider the words of the Apostleó "...truly our
fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ"óand
tell me what kind of fellowship can exist between those who believe
in the Father and in the Son, and those who say the accept the
Father but reject His Son? Although Christians do not have the same
degree of understanding, yet, all Christians believe salvation is by
Christ alone. All believe salvation is by grace, and that a man is
accepted by God through an act o Godís grace; and not by the keeping
of the law. Tell me, then, what fellowship can there be between
Christians and Roman Catholics who are taught church traditions are
more relevant than the Bible? And that men are saved by their works?
Agreement with cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith is
essential for fellowship to be Christian.
Doctrinal faithfulness is the badge of Christian profession. It
forms the parameters of Christian fellowship. It acts as a barrier
to protect the Church from their common enemy.
When shall these things be? When shall there be true Christian
The Time for Unity
Even now, there is a kinship, and a fellowship between all true
Christians. This is evidenced by the sense of oneness between two
strangers whose only apparent similarity is that they are both
Christians. They may come from different cultures, and speak
different languages, but, they are brought "nigh by the blood of
But, when shall all believers be made "one?" When all believe who
should believe on Jesus (Jn. 17:20); when all believers are brought
to perfection and glorified (22,23). Only when they have perfect
knowledge shall Christians be made "one."
Unity in the Writings of Paul
The Apostle Paul wrote, "And he gave some, apostles; and
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the
edifying of the body of Christ: 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..." (Eph.
The theme of the book of Ephesians is "The Church;" and, like all
the epistles, it is addressed to "the saints." This one is addressed
to the saints "Which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ
Jesus" (Eph. 1:1).
The 4th chapter of Ephesians teaches the relevance of the Church,
and that the ministry of the Church will be current, first, "till we
all come in the unity of the faith;" second, ("till we all come in
the unity) of the knowledge of thc Son of God;" third, ("till we all
come) unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ" (13).
The Terms of Fellowship
The unity spoken of here is the "the unity f the faith." This is
"the faith" Jude identified as "once delivered to the saints" (Jude
3). Unity that is Christian is unity of "the faith." There is only
one true faith; and, as Luke wrote, "Neither is there salvation in
any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we mist be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Paul wrote, "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of
things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:10,11). Every attempt to
fellowship without regard to the faith "once delivered to the
saints" Ėno matter what people choose to call it, it is but an evil
union, a confederacy of evil. Hands that are joined in union
contrary "to the faith" are not Godly unions. They are not according
to truth; and, therefore, they are not Biblical.
God leads men differently, but it is an act of judgment when
He leads men to disregard His Word. He gives to each believer "a
measure of faith," and since all believers do not have the same
degree of knowledge, wisdom, or understanding; it is certain that
God Himself has ordained various denominations. It is not now the
will of God that there be unity among Christians.
It is patently absurd to suggest there can be unity in the
household of faith even before the return of the Prince of Peace!
The present call for unity, and of tearing down the walls of culture
and class, of doctrine and denominationalism is simply an attempt to
form an alliance between believers and unbelievers; and will shortly
result in the formation of a globally-approved religion, a mongrel,
pagan faith. The new faith will be base, vile, unclean and cruel.
The Time for Unity
When the voice of the people cry, "Unity--it is the will of God!"
is it not amazing how few stop to ask where in the Bible unity is
discussed? The foolish simply respond with spasdic agreement. When
will Christian unity emerge? When will saints be united? Note the
First, Christians will be united when "we all come in the unity
of the faith" (vs. 13a). Note, the Apostle does not say the
Church will be united when people unite without regard to "the
Second, Christian unity will result "when we all come in the
knowledge of the Son of God" (13b). There can be no unity where
there is no fellowship; and Christian fellowship centers on Jesus
Christ, for as John wrote, "truly our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son Jesus Christ" (I Jn 1:3). Therefore, when the Holy
Spirit says, "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the
Christ? He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son" (I
Jn. 2:22); how can believers pretend to have Christian fellowship
with unbelievers! "Can two walk together except they be agreed?"
The Holy Spirit warns, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God
with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath
said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their
God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among
them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye
shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (II Cor.
Third, Christian unity will result when "we all come unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of
Christ" (13c). Does the Reader know a perfect man? Does he know
anyone who has achieved perfect understanding, and a state of moral
perfection? Until such time, Christian unity will be unattainable;
and every purported achievement of it will be a counterfeit, a sham,
and a lie.
But a host within the contemporary church are willing to pay
upwards of $55 to attend a Promise Keepers rally where they can hold
hands with Roman Catholics, Mormons, etc.; and are ready to
acknowledge them to be Christian brethren --but it is a lie.
At what price are contemporary "saints" willing to have "unity?"
It appears as though the hoi polloi are unwilling to wait for true
unity, and are rather willing to forge a fabricated unity -a unity
of their making, but not the unity of Godís making. Unable to wait
on the Lord, they will have their unity NOW, although it be a
disgrace, a pretense, and sin.
--FRANK MESSER FELLOWS
It is hard to imagine that hours before our tract The
Resurrection of the Dead appeared in the Atlanta Constitution
and Atlanta Journal on July 23rd, my father
suffered a ruptured aneurysm. In the providence of God, he had a
hole in his esophagus that allowed him to live until the 29th of
First, I am grateful to the Lord that my father did not vegetate.
He had possession of his mind, and walked on his own. Second, I
am grateful to the Lord that the hospital sent him home. If at all
possible, people ought to be allowed to die with their family rather
than in the midst of strangers. Third, I am grateful the hospital
him home because if he had remained there, the hospital staff
would have had to try "heroic" means to keep him alive. People ought
to be allowed to die, although we would have no tolerance for the
likes of Jack Kervorkian.
ReaderóI never heard my father curse or swear, or talk in a
vulgar manner. To my knowledge, he never drank or smoked. But, the
righteousness men acknowledge is not the righteousness God
acknowledges. Men look on the outward appearance; the Lord looks on
the heart. Righteousness to me is a righteousness of doing; with
God, righteousness is believing.
In conversion, the great work effected is the change in manís
will. Much of todayís religion exalts Jesus as Lord while having no
beneficial effect on menís characters. How foolish it is for men to
call Jesus "Lord," who have no intentions to do the things that He
says. Reader, are you a true Christian? "If righteousness come by
the law, then Christ is dead in vain" (Gal. 2:21). "Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and though shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give
Diligence to make your calling and
Election sure; for if ye do these things,
Ye shall never fall. 2 Peter 1:10
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from The Wallbuilder Report
(Winter 1996, by David Barton. P.O. Box 397, Aledo, Texas 76008):
Roger, Sherman - "I believe that there is one only living
and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Ghost, the same in substance, equal in power and glory;
that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are a revelation
from God and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and
enjoy Him" (Signer of the Declaration of Independence and
The Constitution of the United States).
John Witherspoonó"I shall now entreat...you in the most
earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for Ďthere is no
salvation in any otherí (Acts 4:12).... If you are not clothed with
the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish"
(Signer of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of
the United States, and the Bill of Rights).
Benjamin Rush- "My only hope of salvation is in the
infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the
death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash
away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come
quickly!" (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
John Quincy Adams- "My hopes of a future life are all
founded upon the Gospel of Christ and I cannot cavil or quibble away
...the whole tenor of His conduct by which He sometimes positively
asserted, and at others countenances His disciples in asserting that
He was God."
"Truth Is Fallen In The Street" (Is. 59:14)
It is a grief, not a joy to have to expose the weaknesses of
other. It is absolutely necessary, although we anger family members,
and alienate dearest friends. And, it is only by the grace of God
that any of us continues faithful to the Lord.
Last week, I received a financial appeal from the Christian
Coalition. On the outside of the envelope were the words, "In
Solidarity With Pope John Paul II." On the inside was a card that
read, "Pope John Paul II concluded his ĎGospel of Lifeí encyclical
with a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. That prayer is on the back
of this card. Please pray it every day."
I am through with the Christian Coalition. Like all charismatics,
they are leading people back to Rome. No, thank you. "I cannot go
with you to Hell. I mean with Jesus Christ to dwell."
First, Christians must not pray to Mary, "for there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Tim.
2:5). Second, Catholics, like other heathen folk believe they shall
be heard for their much speaking. "Fare thee well."