Many times, as Christians, we are quick to pass judgement on others because the bible teaches that it’s ok to judge sin (and even those that are living in sin). I will not get into detail about judgement since that’s not the point here, but I do want to elaborate on another topic.
Have you seen someone that left your church and then saw them somewhere else and were quick to think how bad they must be doing since they left? Have you ever heard someone talk bad about another Christian because of a sin that they committed, or maybe something you noticed another Christian did that you don’t consider holy or sacred? Did they have a tattoo, earring, said a cuss word, or a foul joke? Oh, we will throw someone under the bus very quickly but won’t pause to think about our issues or struggles that we are going through also.
It’s embarrassing to show our true selves, because everyone will see our flaws. We don’t like admitting that we deal with junk (pornography, cussing, anger, disrespecting our loved ones, laziness or not having a strong prayer/devotional life), but we all deal with one thing(s) or another. We would rather act very holier than thou but in reality we are really ridiculing our own family in Christ. Check yourself right now and consider if you’ve ever done that.
We need to stop being so quick to hate on other Christians, churches or styles we don’t agree with. If God is in it, then let Him be the judge. As long as it’s not blatant sin, just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean it’s not from God. Let’s look at the key verses that address this from the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Here he speaks on the body of Christ being like the human body, compromised of many parts and functions. Some have the gifts of healing or miracles, while others have the gift to teach. Each one is needed, and each serves a different role. Whatever your role or God given talent is, it’s purpose is to serve Christ and bring Him glory in whatever sphere of influence He places you in.
Let’s look at our thoughts, words and actions directed towards other members of the body and decide that it’s not about us, but about Christ getting all the glory. If you don’t understand something, you need to ask Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. Don’t let satan confuse you or divide the body of Christ.
Those that trust in Christ to the end will end up in the same Heaven, and there are no denominations there.