"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk Part 2
The issue is that the bride does not look good; it does not have the political or educational backing. The bride was, is and forever will be the minority. Jesus, who is our example, had the opportunity to be a part of the establishment. We see in the Bible that they wanted to make Him king of the Jews. Jesus could have been a political King if he wanted to. But, as you can see, he did not come to be a political king in this world; He is the King of kings and the Lord or lords.
The established church is not representing Christ; never have and never will. The greatest tragedy is not necessarily that the established church is not a representation of Christ. The greatest tragedy is that after Martin Luther protested the established church, almost immediately, the Protestant Church started protesting against each other. We have not stopped protesting since!
“According to the Dictionary of Christianity in America [Protestant] (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1990): “As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified 20,800 Christian denominations worldwide . . .” (“Denominationalism,” page 351).”
That means that we have, at least 20,800 protestations against each other. Why is this happening? I answer this question by offering a hypothesis.
Lack of recognition of the Biblical fact that we know in part: This is according to First Corinthians 13:9 that tells us, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” (NKJV) No matter how much we think we know, we will always know in part, which means that we will always miss something. Through history, with the exception of the original Apostles, everybody else has missed or misinterpreted something in the Bible.
Compartmentalization of the Gospel: That is making what you know, or what you think you know a Doctrine. Going back to First Corinthians 13, lets look at the very last verse, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” First Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV) Here you can get a hold of faith and hope and make that a part of who you are as a Christian. So you are a Christian who believed God for everything. However, the beginning of this chapter establishes all of the things you can do; a displayed of your great faith, but yet…have no love! So you can be filled with faith, be a super spiritual tongue speaking Christian, but lack love. When this happens the Bible describe us as: