Q: I am very worried about the unity of the Church. It seems that there are some who are determined to go their own way instead of staying together as a world church. Do you think the Church is going to split? — Marie, from the United States
A: Marie, it’s important to remember that Christ is the head of His remnant church. Although we may go through stormy times, we do not need to fear if we keep our eyes on Him, trust in His Word, and remain faithful to His calling.
God is watching over His precious Advent movement. According to the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, God’s remnant people, represented by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will not fall but will be used in an increasingly powerful manner by the Holy Spirit culminating in the latter rain when the full truth as it is in Jesus will be spread powerfully throughout the inhabitants of the world.
The proclamation of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 and the fourth angel of Revelation 18 with their messages focusing on Christ and His righteousness and calling people back to the true worship of God will be providentially used to touch the hearts of all who long for truth in every culture. Marie, let’s all be part of Total Member Involvement as we lean completely on Christ and His unifying power.
In a recent two-part article titled, “Unity Then and Now: A divine movement founded on the Word,” well-known and respected Pastor Mark Finley wrote:
“The unity of the church lies at the very heart of the gospel and matters greatly to God. Without unity the church is powerless to proclaim the gospel in its fullness to the world; worse yet, it becomes a contradiction to the true nature of the gospel.”
In his article, Pastor Finley looks carefully at what the Bible and Ellen White have to say regarding the unity of God’s Church, and then applies it to the Church today.
I highly recommend reading and sharing Pastor Finley’s excellent article (published in two parts in Adventist World) at the following links: