AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE is defined as “an illness that occurs when the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system.” The immune system is a complex organization which is designed to protect the body … BUT … “Autoimmune Disease” turns on itself and attacks its own body.
I have been deeply grieved in my spirit lately when I witness “Autoimmune Disease” within the “Body of Christ”. This deadly spiritual disease will lead to “Ecclesiastical Cancer”. I have in recent day’s received emails or messages from Christians attacking the credibility other Christians or denominations. Articles carefully scripted with selected scriptural references condemning individuals & denominations which differ from “THEM”.
I remember reading when Jesus disciples came to Him one day and said “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is NOT WITH US.” – (Luke 9:49) Then Jesus answered by basically telling them to leave him alone.
In I Corinthians chapter 3 Paul spoke “sternly” to those within the church who were judging and criticizing those who were “NOT WITH THEM” when he said: “You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?”
No wonder the world is turned off by the Christian church and has little interest in our message! We can’t show “love” for one another (a trait which is suppose to define us) … let alone have “unity” with “diversity” which is what the “Body of Christ” is all about. Aren’t their enough other enemies or causes we can pursue without attacking Billy Graham – Joel Olsteen – The Pope – Joyce Myers – the Charasmatics – the Catholics – or any other person, denomination or Christian cause?
We are ALL a part of the “Body of Christ”. Paul made that very clear in I Corinthians 12:12-20 when he compared the church to the physical body and emphasized that not only is every member of the body necessary and important … BUT … that it is WRONG to attack any member of the body just because “we feel” they are of “less value” or because they “function differently” than we do.
I agree … maybe their “theology” or “practices” may not be perfect or match up with what “WE FEEL” they should … but show me a person or a denomination which is perfect in their theology or practice! We have ALL had our failures and we will find when we get to heaven that our own personal theology may not be perfect either.
Maybe this sounds a bit stern … but I am deeply saddened, as Paul was in his writing to the Corinthian church, when I witness Christians and Christian leaders using God’s Word against members of their own “body” … AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
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