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Christian Unity? - J.L Packer

Updated: Mar 2

In this 2 minute video from Crossway the late J.L. Packer tells us about Christian unity.

Christian Unity? - J.L Packer

“In him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17)

Christian unity I propose has been minimal or non-existent in America for years. The Church, not the pastor and staff exclusively but all of us have bought into the cultural narrative of expressive individualism. Unlike Churches of the past many churches, not all, have given over may of their missional dictates to the government.

Now to be fair there are indeed many churches that do a lot for their congregants and the community. Yet we see that in the eyes of the culture we are now non-essential.

Romans 15:5–6, shows us another reason that Christian unity is important: “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (ESV).

The bottom line, the most important thing in our unity is God’s glory. God’s people should be speaking with one voice in glorifying God.

Christian unity is a virtue, but we don’t pursue unity simply for the sake of unity; it is Christ and His truth that unite us. Scripturally, we should separate from professed brothers and sisters in Christ who live in persistent, unrepentant sin (Matthew 18:15–17; 1 Corinthians 5:1–2) and from those who teach false doctrine (Revelation 2:14–15).

“Watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them” (Romans 16:17).

Chaos came before us, and it will come after us. Right it seems that our Christian unity has become a causality of the election and culture in general. The fact that we can be so influenced is indicative of how much we have become like the world, lukewarm and distracted form our faith and our God.

Many people believe the current election has incredibly significant implications for the US right now. The reality is it’s not the most important election of all time. In four years, we’ll hear the same claims, and then, four years later, we’ll hear them all over again.

Regardless of how the election goes the same urgency remains in our spiritual lives that we be faithful and obedient. That means if we have slipped away from our relationship with Christ, we need to rededicate ourselves and start daily praying, reading scripture and conquering our pride.

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