Recorded in “A Song of Ascents of David,” Psalm 133:1, we read, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” ( Psalm 133:1 Amp)!
Many have been the times that I have assembled together with various “Christian” groups where the above verse has been read and great and flowery words of acceptance have been spoken. As I scan the participants, all professing to be “brethren,” I cannot but think of the fact that the Masonic Lodge uses the same verse quite liberally.
What am I saying? I am setting a trumpet to my mouth and sounding a call to the Church of the First Born, reminding those that belong to the true Church that in another place in the Holy Writ we read, “Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed” (Amos 3:3 AMP)?
Then there are the following two verses, “And Jesus (repeatedly and expressly) charged and admonished them, saying, Look out; keep on your guard and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod and the Herodians” (Mark 8:15 Amp); and “But the (Holy) Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach” (1 Tim. 4:1 Amp).
I firmly believe that the Church should come together “in one accord,” and that we must work toward the goal where we all can, “attain oneness in the faith,” as Ephesians four admonishes. What I don’t believe is that we should be attempting to show a unity that is doctrinally devilish and fueled by a need to be accepted, nor should we be yielding our pulpits to those who preach “another gospel,” as though there could be another.
The Apostle Paul had to deal with the same issue: “For (you seem readily to endure it) if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the (Spirit) you (once) received or a different gospel from the one you (then) received and welcomed; you tolerate (all that) well enough” (2 Corinthians 11:4 Amp). Galatians 1:6 bears your attention here also.
Beloved, we who are of “the household of faith” must begin to recognize the difference between the Jesus of the Bible and the cleverly disguised counterfeits paraded before us today. We must stop giving credence to works based religions and those who promulgate them. We need to recognize a false Christ when presented, no matter how popular the messenger is. Selah