by Richard Mansel, managing editor
As Christians, we must teach the necessity of being in Christ because it negates one of Satan’s greatest weapons. The Great Deceiver has been very successful at re-defining words in order to confuse the lost (John 8:44).
We must help people see behind the veil to the truth. A denominational person and a Christian can speak of grace, baptism, salvation, Church and Christianity and be using different definitions.
Satan is satisfied when people feel saved when they are not and never will be with the teachings they are receiving on salvation.
New Testament Christians can have discussions with people in the denominational world about which church is right. They can look around like selecting cans on a grocery store shelf.
However, as long as we look at the Church differently than God does, we will only find the fog of confusion. The way to circumvent Satan’s deception is to go to God’s Word. Almost all of these groups will hold some allegiance to Jesus and how we must follow him.
From there, we move to the passages on being in Christ and how we enter Christ. In so doing, we have taken away their faulty definitions and developed a way to stand on common ground. No one will ever be saved outside of Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Once they understand this, we can teach them what it means to be lost, saved, sanctified and redeemed. Once we lead them away from Satan’s dictionary, we can come closer to seeing Scripture the same.
“…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13, NKJV).
We must unify in something bigger than ourselves. Denominationalism is man-made and must be eliminated. We must unify in the Spirit (Ephesians 4:4) and in Christ (Ephesians 4:13-16), not in one denomination or another.
As long as someone has a denominational mindset, they will never grasp the truth. We must take it away from them and return to the purity of the New Testament (Colossians 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).