All through the church, a wind blows. The Spirit is crying out to us, calling us to heed His voice and come together. Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox, and people from every stream out there is beginning to notice the call, to feel the tug of the Spirit.
There is only one thing holding us back: The unwillingness to go forward. There are so many who outright refuse to have unity. Some because they claim others are responsible for keeping them from unity.. others because they have become the sole arbiters of truth who refuse to be in unity with anyone who has false doctrine..
Somewhere along the way, we thought we could ignore the scripture, that tells us we are all one, in Christ. Somewhere along the way, we thought we could decide what we wanted to do, instead of letting Christ be the Head. This is the barrier that holds the church world back from unity.
Some won’t be in unity cause they don’t care about the gospel. They would rather argue their differences than agree on Christ. It doesn’t matter if you think you should have communion once a week and another person thinks once a quarter. It doesn’t matter if you decide to partake daily, or maybe even once yearly. It doesn’t matter if you want white gravy and someone else wants brown gravy. It doesn’t matter if you want hymns and someone else wants CCM. It doesn’t matter if you want Metal and someone else wants St John Chrysostom’s Liturgy. It doesn’t matter if you want to do yoga and a friend of yours doesn’t like yoga. It doesn’t matter if you want to celebrate Halloween and another believes its not a good day to celebrate.
You starting to get the picture? None of these things are that important. Orthodox Christianity sums up the essential beliefs in the Creeds, and I’ll share the shortest rendition in a moment. Aside from the essentials, you are free to develop your own beliefs as the Spirit leads. Otherwise, you would be just as much bound and enslaved in religion as when you were a slave to sin. But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. God will lead you all the way into the Truth, for the Truth is Christ.
Here it is. The Apostle’s Creed.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
These are the beliefs that make one Christian. These are the Essential doctrines. All else is secondary and to those is given freedom for beliefs to differ among individuals.
~The Christian Mystic