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When man-made interpretations become THE RIGHT BELIEF and THE ONLY WAY TO BELIEVE, this kind of orthodoxy takes on an evil of its own. So, what is missing in the amassing, fighting, and splitting over doctrinal systems? It seems clear to me that what is missing is the focus and energy of making disciples or followers of Jesus in all of the nations of the world. What is missing is Jesus and our personal relationship with him.
Remember what I said earlier: There was no heresy in the first century, because there was no orthodoxy-no right belief or right doctrinal system-to embrace as the right belief. Keep this before you and don’t let it slip from your memory. Jesus unites. Doctrinal systems divide!
The man-made interpretations of Scripture provide great interaction and discussion, but to divide up the followers of Jesus into camps, denominations, and separate boxes, flies in the face of Jesus’ prayer to the Father. He prayed: “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17) Could it be that the world doesn’t believe in Jesus, because of our schisms, splits, and divisions over our doctrinal systems?
Jesus is the author of the revolution of love! Therefore, his followers who are in the gatherings, assemblies, and churches have the potential to change the world through this amazing power of love.