Adapted from a recent letter by Charlie Lindquist
It’s funny how we put people in labeled boxes. If someone tells me they are a Baptist, they go into the Baptist box; a Methodist goes into the Methodist box, etc. I think many of us are guilty of tagging others, thus denying the scriptural truth of the one body of Christ. I think this is fostered intentionally or unintentionally by certain denominations. You may think this a small matter, but it strikes at the very heart of the family concept.
I get criticism from non-denominational believers because I regularly attend services at my wife’s denominational church. What they don’t realize is that I have opportunities to share God’s Word. It has helped to broaden my perspective of certain Biblical truths, and I enjoy the fellowship with other believers. If my beliefs on biblical issues differ from the doctrine of this denomination, I keep that to myself. God sees each of us as His child, regardless of the brand with which we tag ourselves and others.
It is the spirit that unites us, not the denominational tag. We are all members of his body and have received the same spirit. Christ resides in every believer. If we hold on to bias towards Christian believers belonging to other denominations, we stand against Jesus Christ. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30)
In reality, our rewards at the judgment will not be determined by the amount of truth we know. Rather, we will receive according to the works we have done. I have a wealth of knowledge of God’s Word, and I believe the truth that I know. But what does the scripture say? Faith without works is dead.
Love is the glue that holds the family together. Without love, we will not understand or experience the family concept to which we have been called. We have been called to a wonderful family, with God as our Father. Let us fully embrace it.