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Summary: Are we willing to compromise truth for the sake of unity?

UNITY AT ANY COST?

John 17:11 (quickview)  "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."

Ephesians 4:3 (quickview)  "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

2 Thessalonians 3:6 (quickview)  "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."

1 Timothy 6:3-5 (quickview)  "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; [4] He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, [5] Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."

Jude 1:3 (quickview)  "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

Back in 1950 in the book The Case Against Modernism wrote, ?A world-religion is on the way, but it will be human rather than divine, it will be natural rather than supernatural. Its God will be its servant not its sovereign, its Christ will be its leader not its king, its political economy will be a democracy not a theocracy....? In 1951, Frank S Mead dedicated his Handbook of Denominations in the United States to ?Those in the Church who see that the great truths we hold in common are of more importance to God and man than these little fences and barriers that divide us.?

It is important that we endeavor to maintain true Christian unity and to walk in love but not at the cost of the truth. In 2 John, the Holy Spirit stresses the importance of both love and truth. Four times in the first six verses, we see the word love. Five times in these same verses the word truth appears.

2 John 1:4-6 (quickview)  "I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. [5] And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. [6] And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."

I. There are two religions in the world (Soteriology ? Study of Salvation)

A. Autosoterism ? Salvation is by works

1. Ancient Egypt ? ?Prepare for the judgments of Osiris by observing the rules of right conduct.?

2. Norsemen ? ?Fight a good fight.?

3. Confucius ? ?Walk in trodden paths; be a good citizen of the Celestial Empire.?

4. Buddha ? ?Walk the Noble Eightfold Path?.

5. Islam ? ?Stand by the Five Pillars of Conduct?

B. Theosoterism ? Salvation is the entire work of God alone

1. Ephesians 2:8-9 (quickview)  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast."


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