What to Avoid and What to Confront in the Fight For Unity Part 2


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I don’t think you have to be a prophet or a doctor in theology to realize that the Body of Christ is painfully divided. We should also quickly add that this issue of unity is not to be taken lightly. In John chapter 17 we see Jesus earnestly praying for us, as God’s children, to be one. The issue of unity in the Body of Christ is not a recommendation; it is indeed an obligation. Our disunity is a direct disrespect to God’s Word.

      Many people have spoken about the importance of unity in the church for hundreds of years. It seems like these voices are growing more and more fatigue. The unity of the Body of Christ looks like an impossible task to say the least.

      The church was united during the times of the Apostles, but that unity was challenged from the beginning with the introduction of false teachers, false prophets and false doctrines. As you read the Epistles of the Apostles you can clearly see that the fight for the unity of the Body was intense from the beginning.

      For the first three hundred years after Christ, the Church suffered a brutal persecution; but the church was growing and its power was clear. Things changed after Constantine declared Christianity, the official religion of the Roman Empire 312 years after Christ. This was the beginning of a very sophisticated plan of the enemy to seduce the church to mix in with the world.

      This takes me to another important note on these series, the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church claimed to be the one and only True Church. Catholic tradition makes the grandiose claim that the Apostle Peter was their first Pope. For historical reasons we can arguably see the official beginning of the Catholic church at the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed from 325 C.E. which states, “We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”

      I can humbly say that the Catholic Church was the first man-made religion to present herself as the direct false representation of the Church of Christ on this earth. Their crimes against humanity are no secret, there Biblical atrocities and their own history is available for everybody to see and study if they care for the truth.

      This is not, however, a series about the history of the Catholic Church, but I must point out, as an amazing fact, that the Catholic Church has remained united even through many turbulent periods. They had divisions, some denominations that have come out of the Catholic Church are almost a photocopy of the way Catholics conduct their services. I am also aware that there is a strong element of the Charismatic Catholic Church. But, for the most part, still today, they enjoy great unity.

      Is the Catholic Church’s unity a sign that they are indeed the true church? Absolutely not. Martin Luther protest against the Catholic Church was as valid on October 31, 1517 as it is today. I do not recognize them as the mother church because Biblically they went astray and they are still astray today. The problem is that we, as Protestants, have also gone astray with our shameful divisions.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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