"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
As I study church history and how we have gotten to the level of divisions we have now, I notice a pattern. People have taken one or two or may be three aspects of Christianity and turn those believe into a denomination.
The Bride of Christ, since the times of the Apostles to today, has always been a minority. After Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the official religion in 313 AD, even as physically, there was less violence against true Christians, the church was assaulted spiritually. Later, we saw not only the spiritual, but also the physical assault reactivated, as it was illegal for people to believe and practice anything else other than the established church.
What seemed like a blessing, as Constantine established Christianity as the official religion in Rome, has been proven to be a very sneaky attack of the enemy in his agenda of mixing the church with the world. As the established church flourished, the Bride of Christ went through hundreds of years of almost anonymity.
Powerful Governments and the established Catholic Church committed horrible murderess against true believers. People like John Hus cannot be forgotten. I invite you to read the following quote from www.greatsite.com
“One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true!” (http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/john-hus.html)
Through history, Satan has used two powerful forces to move the church away from the Bible as absolute truth. The enemy has used, as we mentioned before, Governments and Higher Learning.
Who can resist the temptation of being close to the powerful? It would, for sure, give you a certain prestige to be in banquets and meetings with the mayor of the city, the senator, the governor and much more, the President.
Also, when you carry the title of Doctor, Bible Scholar, etc. it gives certain credibility to whatever you say. When your education is greater than the average person it is very easy for folk to believe everything you say, because after all, you hold a prestigious and hard to achieve doctoral degree.
So you have a lot of ministers saying crazy unbiblical things, but because they sound so smart and because they have a degree backing them up, everybody believes them.
When you have the degree and when you are close to the powerful you have status and you become a part of the establishment. On the other hand, the average minister of the Gospel do not have that kind of access or education. But I am here to tell you that education will never give you revelation.