What Kind of Unity?
A mixed people agreeing on a common theme, waving the same banner, and gathering together under the same roof do not necessarily constitute a true cohesive blend. And using the name and banner of Jesus Christ, even with agreement on common creed though good it may seem to the natural mind, does not in and of itself demonstrate that such a gathering is sanctioned of the Lord. Christians should be ever-so careful not to be gullible to follow anyone promoting a movement for unity, even though unity is what we all desire, ultimately. Calls for unity should be viewed at arms length, and pass a strong litmus test since we know the Bible identifies the time in which we live as one characterized by a mix of both good and bad within the kingdom of God on earth. Of course we desire unity ultimately, and sooner than later, but not just unity by our design, but rather by His. When Jesus prayed for our unity as recorded in the gospel of John chapter seventeen, He prayed that we "would be perfect in one" (John 17:23). The phrase "perfect in one" should not be passed over lightly. God seeks nothing short of perfect unity, and it begins and ends by His Spirit, not by something men design through the multi-faceted gathering of whoever calls themselves "Christian" based upon a common Bible creed as we see that happening today. We can rejoice that many confess to agree on the way of salvation, especially if they change their fundamental doctrines to reflect that confession, but that confession alone is not enough to embrace one another under the guise that we are going to become truly one. In the case of the current Kairos event, both principle parties (which we'll identify in a moment) have walked in gross Biblical error for decades, one for centuries! They need to have a prophet call them to a John the Baptist moment! When the Pharisees drew near to observe John baptizing in water, John challenged them by saying, "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance" (Matt. 3:8). The NIV says, "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance." And the NLT makes it even more plain saying, "Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God." In like manner, these two here-to-fore opposing "Christian" sects have converged and emerged with a bold Christian confession, but without either one voicing the slightest word of repentance regarding their fatal teachings under the banner of the Bible. They boldly profess that their show of unity is for the most part limited to endorsing a statement of what they claim to be the way of salvation, deliberately ignoring other issues central to the Christian faith, yet they call it unity and revival. What a hoax! Such a masquerade only leads to even greater deception.
Let us remember that Jesus came the first time to divide, not to unify; and that division was not exclusive to believing the way of salvation only, but also of knowing and doing the Heavenly Father's will. This is critically important to realize and stand firmly upon if we would remain faithful to Him, waiting for that perfect unity that He will bring by a sovereign move of His Spirit - something that will without question be His work in our midst.
The prophet Daniel is shown such a kingdom at the end of this age, the final world kingdom before the kingdom of Jesus Christ is consummated on earth at His return. Daniel 2:33 says that its feet are "partly of iron, and partly of clay." They are together, but not in a truly cohesive way. Jesus' kingdom crushes it to pieces! Daniel says "...they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay" (Dan. 2:43). We know this final earthly kingdom to be the antichrist, Babylonian domain when all three pillars of society join together as one: the economic, political, and religious systems will all come together under one umbrella, but they will not be truly one. Only God's true people worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth can become perfectly one. There is no such thing as perfect unity except when all are in perfect agreement with God, and not only in unity about a creed stating the way of salvation, but in obedience to God the Father in all things. Anything, and everything that falls one iota short of that fails the perfect oneness test.
It is a blessing to be assured by Him that "...where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20). But we are further instructed by the Holy Spirit through the apostle John to "test the spirits." Thus, we should never blindly assume that every gathering in His name is true to Him.
On every occasion, and at all times, we should do what the apostle John instructed saying, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (I John 4:1).
Our Lord revealed the same kind of deception when He warned, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness'' (Matt. 7:21-23)!
Herein we find a key - Are those calling for unity also practicing lawlessness?
Also, He quoted the prophet Isaiah saying, "'THESE PEOPLE DRAW NEAR TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. AND IN VAIN THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN' " (Matt. 15:8-9; Isa. 29:13).
Herein we find another key - Are those calling for this kind of unity "teaching the doctrines of men?"
Strange Bedfellows, and Strange Fire
This particular brand of mix is significant because it incorporates possibly as many as 1.5 billion professing believers world-wide, either directly or indirectly. Catholicism, numbering more than *1.1 billion members in 2010, is by far the largest single sect in this latest display of ecumenicalism, and many charismatics, who in 2011 made up approximately *305 million worldwide (particularly of the "Faith Movement" sect), make up the rest. Other old, mainline denominations are rubbing shoulders with this latest movement, but those of the Reformed (Presbyterian), and Baptist persuasion have yet to join in. That being said, there are many Christian leaders of every kind, known around the world jumping on board, indicating that the temptation is going to be strong for all denominations to become a part, eventually.
The idea of such a concoction of strange bedfellows is nothing new. The modern ecumenical movement actually began through the Catholic/Charismatic branches back around the middle of the last century, but most would not accept it for the same reason that the owner of this site cannot accept it now. It appeared to be the start-up of the one-world religious arm that would eventually become the notorious antichrist worshipers prophesied about in Revelation 13 and 14. But the time is right for coming out of the closet, boldly announcing a marriage that they say was made in heaven, but every Biblical fiber screams that it is one designed by the one who runs "the gates of hell" himself!