Eight Myths about Unity
EIGHT MYTHS ABOUT CHRISTIAN UNITY
1) Christian unity is really not important and therefore optional in the Christian life as well as for the churches.
Answer: Unity is number one on the list in Ephesians, chapter four, when the Apostle begins to speak about how to live a life worthy of our calling in Christ.
2) Christian unity is a wonderful ideal but not to be realized in this world.
Answer: The same thing can be said regarding holiness, but that does not relieve us from agreeing with God that it is His good pleasure for us and diligently praying and striving to live it out by faith.
3) Christian unity is just not practical in our pluralistic world today.
Answer: According to Christ, the Head of the church, it is the essential model for this present age that the world in fact can observe and take notice of; the new humanity of the Kingdom of God.
4) Christian unity is a favorite theme of only the liberals.
Answer: In the history of Christian missions, ecumenism was promoted by godly leaders to advance the cause of Christ in the world. In times of disasters or times of unusual revival, the unity of God’s people has often been a prominent feature.
5) Christian unity will only be produced by special organized programs-such as the World Council of Churches.
Answer : The true union of God’s new race is first and foremost a spiritual union produced by His Holy Spirit and the Word of God as a direct result of the finished work of Christ himself and His subsequent enthronement. The oneness of the Church is an integral purpose of the cross and the present rule of Christ.
6) Christian unity is about the local church only and does not apply beyond that fellowship of believers.
Answer : It certainly must begin there and in the Christian home, but must extend both far and wide to reflect its universal and timeless nature, its catholicity.
7) Christian unity will require that all Christians everywhere worship in the same way and all hold the same doctrinal interpretations. Answer: It is not about conformity over against the diversities of gifts, cultural contexts, and other legitimate variations of the multi-faceted grace of God. It is about unity of essence and unity of purpose under the headship of Jesus Christ and his mission to the world.
8) Christian unity will eventually require compromise with the truth. Answer : When our Lord prays in John’s gospel, chapter 17, His passion for the glory of His Father on earth does not play one essential of God’s will against the other. The elements of His Father’s truth and the petition for the saints’ unity in Him and his redemptive mission in this world simply cannot be separated; neither in this central passage nor in all of holy Scripture.