I am deeply concerned by what I see as a growing trend. The very idea of it is enough to cause me to want to shake the offending party and tell them to wake up. It seems to me that this trend is a lie from the very pit of hell.
The trend is believers who declare that they don’t need the Church. “I don’t need others in order to have a relationship with God,” or “Me and my family are fine on our own” are common statements.
In 1 Corinthians 12:18, the Apostle Paul declares strongly, “God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.” If He arranges us – it’s His choice – then that doesn’t give the indication that we should simply disconnect ourselves, does it?
So many passages point to the fact that God looks at us collectively, as a single Body. Scripture repeatedly declares that we are interconnected – the Body of Christ. We’re not supposed to be a severed finger, a detached kneecap, or a disconnected ear.
The Bible even says that we are “individually members of one another.” (Romans 12:5) You cannot cut yourself off from something to which you are intrinsically attached without doing damage to both yourself and the whole.
We’re designed and arranged by the Lord Himself to be united.
One pastor said it well in our new video series (for more information go to www.BiblicalUnity.com): “There’s no such thing as Christianity without community.” He is exactly right.
God designed us – just like a body – to be united.