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Joining Hands For The Battle

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (KJV)

If you are a Protestant or you are a Catholic and you had someone in your home that was of the other faith, would you lay down your life for him or her? If the New Order Religion police came to your door and wanted to take this other person away, would you risk your own life to save theirs? Would you give up your life to preserve this other person's right to worship as a Catholic or as a Protestant?

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (NIV)

There may come a time in the near future when we are under even more visible attack by the powers of darkness. There may come a time when we must all stand together or fall separately. Even now, there are issues like abortion, euthanasia, religious training in the school systems, and the appalling decline in morality in our world that should bring us together as brothers and sisters in Christ whether we are Protestant or Catholic. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we must urgently pray for each other to remain strong. As brothers and sisters in Christ we must put our differences aside and be willing to come to the aid of each other now, rather than waiting until the dark forces control the world. It is better for us to aid, support, and pray for each other now so we can try to prevent the open persecution of all of us later on. We must all have the right kind of Christian love that engenders respect and a willingness to defend to the death our right to worship and glorify our Savior.

Luke 6:41"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? (NIV)

The time for finding fault and disagreeing just to be disagreeable is over. The time for bigotry is over. Our world and our lives are under attack by the forces of evil and darkness. Disorder and dissension reigns in so many parts of our world that joining hands in respectful Christian love is mandatory if we are to put up any kind of defense against the dark powers and forces of this world. In the spiritual battle and the spiritual war that is now being waged, we must all stand together as Christians. It should make no difference what our personal theological beliefs or belief systems are if we are to survive as a faith.

Matthew 18:19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (NIV)

Our Christian faith is threatened. Our Christian faith, unless we join hands and all kneel at the foot of the Cross in unity of the Christian faith, will evaporate from the earth. From the perspective of most devout Protestants and Catholics, our Christian faith is already in an advanced stage of evaporation. The rapid decline in morality all over the world should serve notice to all of us that the time is growing short for us to join together in an effort to beat back the darkness of sin and immorality.

This essay is not a call to bury our theological differences but is instead a prayerful call to love each other. It is a call to defend the common ground and holy ground of our faith, and to stand together to fight our common foe.

 

 

 

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