Godly Unity vs Worldly Unity
by Harry Curley, Altadena, California
There is a fast that God does not like (Isa 58:4). There is an offering that God does not like (Jer 6:20). There is a sorrow that God does not like (2 Cor 7:10). Could there be a unity that God does not like?
Just as there is a Godly sorrow that works good and a worldly sorrow that works wickedness (2 Cor 7:10), there is a Godly unity that works good and a worldly unity that works evil.
The word unity sounds so good and scattering sounds so bad, but what does the Bible show us about these words? Biblical accounts show us that Satan uses unity for his own evil ends.
In Genesis, the foundation book of the Bible, we see that Satan does not want people to be scattered. Satan wants people to be unified under a man.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top [may reach] unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth (Gen 11:4).
The first scattering was caused by God (Genesis 11:8). Satan wants Gods people to be unified under a man or an organization. That way he can use the leaders who he can deceive to deceive Gods people.
On the other hand, we see that God has allowed his people to be scattered for a good purpose. In Acts 8, His people were scattered to preach the Gospel all over the known world.
In the New Testament, we only see the word "unity" used twice. Once in Ephesians 4:3 "unity of the Spirit" and 4:13 "unity of the faith." There is no mention of being united under a man or an organization.
The difference between Godly Unity and Worldly Unity is the source of the Unity. If it is from Gods spirit working within a person, then the unity is good. If it is from unity imposed by a man or an organization it is bad. Even if that organization calls itself the Church of God.
God wants us to be free to choose his way (Deut 30:19). He does not respect orchestrated obedience.
The right kind of unity, that comes from within through Gods spirit, is beautiful.
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1)
God is not talking about organizational unity here. He is talking about the unity that comes from within Gods people through his spirit.
Many have said the problem with the WCG was government. That is partially true. A big problem with the WCG was that unity was being forced upon the membership. That was a worldly type of unity. That unity was built upon a lie.
The lie was that a small group, ordained by men, not by the membership of the Church of God (Gods people), were Gods representatives on earth and that they had authority over Gods tithes and Gods people.
Exodus 18 was taken out of context to justify this lie. Deuteronomy 1:13 clearly shows that the Nation of Israel chose its elders, not Moses.
Under this lie a fleshly unity was established. It was not built on Gods spirit working within the membership, but imposed upon the membership by an immature ministry more interested in the Corporate welfare than the welfare of Gods People. This unity had a certain appeal to the flesh, provided you were not stepped upon unjustly by it.
For many, it was an easy unity. Dont think, just trust in men and do what you are told. The fifth commandment had been replaced with:
Exodus 20:12 Hierarchical translation: "Honor thy Pastor and the Ministry: that thy days may be long in the Church Corporation which the LORD thy God hath put over thee."
That was a bunch of B.S. (Babylonian Stupidity).
An Example of Godly Unity: Pentecost 1995 was an example of Godly Unity. Over 12,000 members came out of a Church of "God" that had abandoned Gods law to worship with a group that offered hope. This was not caused by man, but by Gods spirit working within Gods people.
An Example of Worldly Unity: There was a conference six months later where a small group orchestrated the events. Those led by Gods spirit were silenced by a group of men with private agendas. Worldly unity was more important than open discussion.
There were two spirits at this conference:
1) The Spirit of Indianapolis
a. Local membership control of money and administration
b. Leadership accountability
c. Inclusion of membership in the decision-making process
2) The Spirit of the Tower of Babel
a. Centralized control of money and local leadership
b. No effective leadership accountability
c. Ignore the membership while pretending to listen
There was an unspoken cry at this conference: "Unity at all costs." This propaganda was not from God. God tells that we should not be unequally yoked with anyone who believes differently (2 Cor 6:14). We are not to be surprised when "members" and "ministers" go different ways, because they were not part of us (2 John 2:19).
There should have been a peaceful separation between the two groups at this conference. Instead there was a spirit of compromise for the sake of Worldly Unity. God is not interested in compromise, or Worldly Unity.
Those who wanted to return to the WCG way of doing things, won the day. It did not seem to matter that the WCG way of doing things ended in disaster.
The end of this age will see the biggest effort to unify everyone under one church. Gods people will be martyred. Not because they will have done anything wrong, but because they resist this unity.
Could there be a Unity that God does not like? Yes!!!
Paul says we should not allow ourselves to be put under this worldly bondage (2 Cor 11:20).
For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour [you], if a man take [of you], if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face (2Cor 11:20).
Unity to a man or an organization can be an idol. We should seek out teachers of Gods Word who do not have private agendas. We should fellowship with those who are like minded and not compromise for the sake of Unity.
So why has God let things happen as they have happened?
It is my opinion that God is hardening the hearts of many church leaders to destroy the organized ministry as we know it. As a group, they have failed Gods people too many times.
My disgust for these hireling operations should not be confused with the respect I have for the few ministers who have risen above this and have truly put the welfare of Gods People above personal and Corporate interest. &
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