FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
by Walter Lofton firstname.lastname@example.org
By definition confusion is a lack of understanding resulting in uncertainty; a breakdown of order; a disorderly jumble; bewilderment; a tumult or unquietness. In giving instructions to the Church in First Corinthians 14:33, the apostle Paul said: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” One can see from the definitions above that peace is quiet different and opposite from the uncertainties and misgivings that comes with confusion.
Confusion does not come from God and therefore it cannot lead God’s people into the unity that Christ prayed for on the eve of His crucifixion. Satan is a disrupter of God’s purpose for His creation and plants his scheme of confusion into the minds and hearts of humanity to hinder them from achieving the destined unity and love that is to prevail among all Christians before the return of Christ for His Church. Christ’s prayer will be answered however, for He stated that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (the Church).” (Matt. 16:18).
Paul’s instructions, as noted above to the church at Corinth, was because confusion over tongues was prevalent. In Acts, chapter 15 we find that the entire church throughout all regions where it was then in operation came together to consider the question of the Gentiles keeping the Law of Moses. After due consideration and “much disputing” they arrived at an agreeable consensus. When the confusion was laid to rest they came into a wonderful unity for they said “it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us.” The result of this unity among them was a joyful consolation.
During the time period of what we commonly refer to as the early church there was only one Christian Church. It went into the dark ages as prophecy indicated that it would. As glimmerings of light began to shine forth and the reformation got underway, several denominations emerged. Each denomination had a different doctrine or interpretation of Scripture. This modern day confusion has hindered many from becoming Christians because they cannot see the unity that the body of Christ is supposed to display.
An old song says, “You go to your church and I’ll go to mine and we’ll get along together. Our heavenly Father built them side by side so let’s walk along together.” Although the song writer’s intentions were good, nothing could be further from the truth. Christ said “I will build my church” (Matt. 16 18). Christ only built one but man has built the rest.
The Scriptures says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10). This is impossible to achieve in the current denominational system where all speak a different doctrine and agree on very little.
Jesus has the antidote to this spiritual disease. He said in John 10:16, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” The one shepherd of course is Christ and the one fold is the one church that He built. When His sheep (Christians) come to the one fold (the church) His prayer in John 17:20, 21 will be answered. “Neither pray I for these alone, but 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.” This prayer can be answered only when all the true children of God obey His voice and come together in unity in the one fold as the Shepherd call to them. When this prayer is answered it will end all religious confusion.
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