Francis Chan Asks: Has the Church Given Up on Unity?

ChurchLeaders | 9/23/2018 | Staff
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When you read about the unity of the early church, does it make you jealous? Something in you wishes you were born 2,000 years ago so you could be a part of a group like this. You can get depressed by the dual realization that this is the very thing you’ve always wanted and you’re not going to find this in the typical American church today.

It’s sad that our churches look nothing like this. It’s devastating that we don’t believe it is possible.

Today - People - Church - Love - Jesus

What I see today is many people choosing to opt out of the church. Claiming a continued love for Jesus, they have decided that the church only gets in their way. It’s a sad time when those who want to be close to Jesus have given up on the church.

There is this terrifying verse in 1 Timothy where Paul talked about two men who rejected the faith. Paul said that he had handed them over to Satan, by which he meant that he’d put them outside of the church (1:20). Basically, these men were actively opposing the works of God, so rather than pretending everything was fine, Paul removed them from the safety and blessings of the fellowship of believers. He was hoping that the misery of being separated from the church would lead them to repent. Are you catching the weight of this? Paul equated removal from the church with being handed over to Satan! It is crazy to me that we live in a time when people are voluntarily doing this to themselves! No church has placed them outside of the fellowship; instead, they’ve handed themselves over to Satan!

Love - Unity - Blessing - Church - Time

Real love, unity and blessing were supposed to be found in the church. Many are having a hard time finding that, so they’re setting off on their own....
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