Continued from The Trouble With Secular Diversity – Part I:
Where diversity becomes important in unity and the ONLY time it is used by the Lord to unify, is by what the Apostle Paul taught so abundantly: “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
Now I must tell you, you HAVE to read the rest of Chapter 12 and even Chapter 13 on your own to continue on with this thought and I don’t mean to turn away some of my dear brothers and sisters from other denominations, but I HAVE to expound on this and say, even though you may believe these gifts AND ministries (read also Romans 12, the whole chapter) were ONLY given to establish and thus build the early church, yet this is NOT what the Scriptures say, but rather these gifts ARE given, not were, to build and grow the CHURCH, the Body of Christ with Christ Jesus as the Head! Again, the theme of UNITY!
When you read Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians you will see, these gifts ARE important until, UNTIL, Agape (unconditional love) has been perfected in the Body of Christ!! When will that be? Do you think the way denominations cling to their concept of diversity in this present day and age that we have “perfected” Agape love?! I certainly don’t think we have arrived, how can we, when according to the Scriptures we are to keep STRIVING, we keep pushing forward, until we reach that goal?!
You see it isn’t the diversity of you as a creation that the Lord uses, He uses us ALL if we are abiding in Christ and Christ in us! It is the different gifts, the different avenues of service (ministries) that He uses and none of these things is dependent on whether you are male or female, what color of skin or where you were born!! If you are reliant on ANY one of these things in espousing diversity, you are missing the whole point of God using us to build the Body of Christ to make a lasting and eternal difference in people!
When people want to fall back on this hellish lie that diversity of the person is what is important and it is that thing that makes one race, gender, nationality more entitled or empowered than another, I ask them what kind of blood is running through your veins and what kind of Blood did Jesus Christ shed for ALL mankind, no matter the race, gender or nationality! If God created me in the same “vein” OR image, as some of His attributes, the ability to have knowledge, to reason, to create, to live spiritually, to LOVE, and I being a white guy, can give a blood transfusion to help a black man, or an Asian, or a woman to live who needs that type of blood coursing through my veins, then I guess for the ability to LIVE, to have LIFE is NOT dependent upon my physical diversity but rather upon the same thing that courses through the INSIDES of each of us!!
But, on the other hand, to give life to the Body of Christ, the Church, the Bride, the diversity needed to continue to allow it to live is dependent not on physicality but on spirituality and the gifts given and the ministries, those areas of service that is specific to each individual member to fulfill the needs necessary for the WHOLE Body to grow and strive towards that goal of Agape Love! Like the Apostle Paul states, if you aren’t the hand, does that mean you aren’t needed, or the mouth or the eyes? On the contrary, ALL parts are needed to make the Body of Christ, the TRUE CHURCH healthy, strong and able to fulfill its mission.
Our nation, the United States of America, along with the WHOLE world needs a lot of fervent prayer. Before the antichrist, there is a revival coming and we NEED to use the SPIRITUAL diversity of gifts and ministries that the Holy Spirit has promised to EACH individual member of the Body of Christ, the True Church! We need to pray for souls all over and we need to be alert and vigilant and not allow the lies of the world AND the devil to have sway over ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ! If you don’t believe it is as serious or will be as serious as I have suggested, don’t take my word for it; Jesus Himself stated, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Matthew 24:21-27.
Can’t you see some of these things ALREADY taking place? The deceit and hypocrisy is no longer hiding in the dark or obscured by the shadows but is coming out into the light of day without fear and it is because the enemy KNOWS that his time is short! Do NOT be caught off guard. Look to the Word of God, it is and always was, living and powerful; it IS our ever constant guard AND guide!