The protestant denominations have been dividing Christianity for many centuries. Even before Protestantism and the reformation, the Catholic church and the Orthodox church were divided. It seems that Christians love division, and we just can’t get along.
The reason we are divided is because of Satan. He loves to see us fight and squabble over minor doctrinal points. When we fight over the small differences, we tend to lose sight of the big picture. A very good saying is that we “can’t see the forest for the trees”.
We are all Christians, we who call upon the name of Jesus Christ. Some of us may worship on Sundays, some on Saturdays, some not at all. When we get down on our knees, however, and call upon the Son of God, we are telling Him that we are His.
What is the big picture? What is Satan trying to distract us from? Maybe it’s something important. Maybe it’s something that Jesus told us to do. Maybe by fighting the small battles, we are losing the war. The Bible records our most important task in many places, and here’s one of them: Mark 16:15 “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation'”.
Do you think that maybe Satan doesn’t want us to do that? I think so. I think that he’s pulling the wool over our eyes.
Now, here’s another interesting question. Why do we talk about Satan so much? Why am I talking about him right now? The Bible is about Jesus, not Satan. We should focus our attention on Jesus, not his arch-enemy.
In order to do this, I believe we need to go back to basics. Forget our differences in doctrine, whatever they may be, both between denominations and within denominations. Forget all of it and start fresh with a clean slate. We can only do this if we start building our doctrines from scratch, based on the Bible and the Bible alone, keeping the three main pillars of Protestantism as the most important core beliefs.
The three pillars are:
1. We are all sinners
2. We cannot change our sinful state on our own
3. Salvation is a gift from God, which we accept by faith
That’s it! That is the main message of the Bible. Over and over again we see the same pattern repeating. It all culminated 2000 years ago when Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice, thereby atoning for all of our sins, forever.
From here, we can build our doctrine to include the next big event in world history, the second coming of Jesus. As Christians, this is our homecoming, prom, wedding, all rolled up into one. Our Saviour is coming to break the dominion of sin in this world, and He is bringing our reward with Him (Revelation 22:12).
The end cannot come unless the gospel is preached unto the world. This is why we are being distracted by Satan. He knows that his dominion is about to end. He is just trying to make it last just a bit longer, grab a few more souls for the lake of fire. His tactic has worked so far, and I hope that we can all see it for what it is, a deception. I hope and pray that Christians around the world will just stop fighting each other and focus on our mission, to preach the gospel to the world so that we can go home.
In the next part, we will talk about what will happen before the second coming of Jesus Christ, and how we can overcome deception.