I visited a local church last night for a benefit singing (I had a wonderful time!) and the congregation was made up of people from many different churches, all gathered under one roof. There was a sweet presence of the Lord in that place and a friend of mine (also from my church) looked at me and made the comment, “Ya know, if all the churches would just come together in unity, there wouldn’t be a devil in hell that could put a stop to us.” So true! The Bible calls for love and unity, one mind and one accord.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”- Psalm 133:1
But here’s the problem, we can’t even find that under one church roof alone, much less expect it from more than one congregation of churches.
When it comes to one church, the members within don’t live in true unity as they should, creating discord and division through backbiting/gossip/etc. And instead of supporting fellow Christians through love and encouragement, churches tend to separate themselves and have a “We’re better than you are” mentality. Meaning, if you don’t go to our church, you might as well not even be a child of God. No, this isn’t how we want to be, but how the devil wants us to be. Satan would love to drive a wedge between all of God’s children because he knows what we are capable of if we live in one mind and one accord. It scares him (and it should!).
In reality, we should be able to all come together with pure worship for the God that created us all . When we get to heaven, the church that we went to will not matter, but our relationships with the Lord and others will. Once we become determined to unite as the body of Christ (like He called for us to) within our own church, it will be natural for the Church in general to join together as the body of Christ. And there really wouldn’t be a devil in hell that could put a stop to us!
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”- Ecclesiastes 4:12
Ready to challenge the devil? Embrace your brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter where they choose to attend church services. Go even further than that and embrace those who have not yet entered in to the salvation and freedom of Christ, and encourage them to do so. Satan really, really hates that!