What you are about to read is a response I wrote concerning the issue of Free Will Baptist unity and service together. This would undoubtedly apply not only to FWBs, but to the universal Body of Christ. I would love to know your thoughts. Feel free to comment below.
United Together – Humbly Serving
I understand this might seem simplistic, but what our denomination needs—across every sect, state association, district assocation, and local congregation—and certainly what I need, is a strong application of Philippians 2:1-11 and Romans 14.
The Apostle Paul’s exhortation to live in unity and humbly serve with one another indubitably cries out to us as Free Will Baptists. Pride has crippled us at every level. “Selfish ambition” and “conceit” have been barriers to our growth, not just numerically, but in our service to the Kingdom of God.
We all stand guilty. We are guilty in our “sidebar” conversations with others who agree with our positions (right or wrong) that tear down those in opposition. We’re guilty when we, in our private lives and thoughts, tear down those who oppose our views. We’re guilty because we do not consider those who oppose our views as “more significant” than ourselves. We’re guilty when we lose interest in those who oppose us. The call is for unity through humility and our example is Christ alone.
My thoughts take me to Romans 14 where the Apostle Paul calls for unity between the strong and weak. At best, we’ll always have disagreements. We may agree to disagree. But, that’s just what we have to do in order to move forward. I’m not speaking to the fundamentals of the faith, but rather to those issues that are “personal preferences.” It’s those items that would divide the “strong” and the “weak” Christians addressed in Romans 14. In the end, it’s not those things that bind us together, but the fundamentals of the faith. We must endeavor to major on the fundamentals.
I realize there are sects within our denomination that we may consider “weak,” yet they consider themselves as “strong.” That’s ok with me. I can be “weak” for the cause of Christ. I will welcome the “weak” and “walk in love” in order to advance the Kingdom. The Lord will uphold me. And even when the two-way street looks one-way, Philippians 2 and Romans 14 are still my responsibility.
I Need This Too,