Today’s Word From The Bishop’s Corner

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In Christianity, “Theocracy” is the form of divine government in which God (YHVH) is supreme and absolute ruler.

“Democracy” is the form of civil government in which supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system whereby the majority rules.

In our contemporary Christian society, the Church has implemented a democratically oriented political system within its organization and have chosen to embrace an inherently fallible, corrupt and immoral democratic system as opposed to God’s infallible and unchanging commandments, i.e. the church has chosen democracy over theocracy.

Thus we have the many distinctions of religious systems of beliefs that are spiritually and doctrinally opposed to God and His theocratic Oneness.

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Cor. 1:10)

God has put the body (Church) together… so that there should be no division [denomination] in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Cor. 12:24-27)

And Jesus answered and said, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” ( Mark 12:29-30)

We have the Truth from the Scriptures.  God is One!  There is no division among His Children!  His children are One as he is One!  “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ep. 4:4)

THUS, theological opinions and religious rhetoric doesn’t matter.  Denominational distinctions and doctrinal persuasions hold no power or importance.   None of these things exist or have a place in the Kingdom of God.

We have become accustomed to identifying ourselves by a particular denomination or theological faith.  This practice has divided Christianity into many different factions and it has no support in scripture.  No matter how hard one tries to justify it, there is no biblical evidence that Jesus or His Apostles ever taught or practiced this behavior.

Jesus said, “I and the Father are One.”  There is only One God.  There is only One Faith.  There is only One Church.  There is only One Holy Spirit.  God is not divided or schizophrenic.  God is not bi-polar nor does He have a dissociative identity disorder.  God is ONE!

Therefore, it is not important that I be identified as Baptist or Apostolic or Methodist or Pentecostal or Eastern Orthodox or Greek Orthodox or any of the other over 30,000 Protestant distinctions.  As one who has Repented and has been born of the Water and of the Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ, it is enough to simply say that “I belong to God!”

~Bishop O.W. Prince, Jr. ~

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