1 Corinthians 13:11 (NASB) When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
There were things that I could tolerate in my youth
that I can no longer handle. The same is true of spiritual maturity. As you
grow in grace, you realize that some stuff has nothing to do with living the
abundant life that Christ offers.
For example, why do we place so much emphasis on how
people dress for church? Beyond decent, does it really matter? Of course, there
are appropriate things to wear to be on a stage or platform, but we spend way
too much energy on our clothing. Some of us treat church like some kind of
exclusive country club. You have to fit a certain stereotype, or you will be
treated as an outsider.
We do the same thing with denomination. Every single
one of them is man-made, so they are flawed. We should worry less about
denomination and focus more on the Word of God. If the church you’re in believes
the Bible, abides by the Bible, and teaches the Bible, that should be
sufficient. As long as the church isn’t adding to or taking away from the
Scriptures or misusing the Scriptures, there shouldn’t be a problem fellowshipping
with it. That means we have to study to know whether a church is ‘rightly dividing
the Word of Truth.’
Unfortunately, there are enough unchurched and
unsaved people for all the churches to be full. The harvest is indeed
plentiful, but we are too busy with differences in tradition, doctrine, and theology
to just love the people in the communities that God has placed us in. It’s
great to know why you believe what you believe, but it’s even more important to
be obedient to what God has told us to do. Obedience doesn’t require
Jesus Christ didn’t come to establish dress code or
denomination. He told us why He came, and He told us what to do. Here are just
a few examples. There are plenty more in the Scriptures.
Luke 19:10 (NASB) For
the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
10:10 (NASB) The thief comes only to
steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it
Matthew 22:37-39 (NASB) 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This
is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, 20 teaching
them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to
the end of the age.