Francis Chan has issued a warning to the body of Christ against division, stating that Satan is “getting the victory” as theological divisions, slander, and gossip continue to divide the U.S. Church.
During a sermon delivered at the 2019 Church Leaders Conference, held at the Zacharias Institute in Alpharetta, Georgia, Chan, former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California, first emphasized that unity is important to Jesus.
“If He had it His way, we would be so united in this room … He wants oneness among us,” Chan said, citing Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John: “We are one — I in them and You in Me — that they may be perfectly united, so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me.”
Disunity and division are among the things God says He “hates,” Chan said, adding: “God wants unity; so it’s an abomination when there’s some stirring up among the brothers,” the pastor emphasized. “He wants so badly for His glory to be seen; He wants so much for people to see who Jesus is, and our oneness is vital to that.”
Yet, the Crazy Love author acknowledged that division is “so much easier.”
“Some of us grew up in different denominations,” he explained. “And it’s easy if you grew up a conservative evangelical to just stay in your circle and talk about how those charismatics don’t know the Word of God; they just go by feelings, they don’t care about hard truths, they’re just all about their visions.”
Likewise, those in charismatic circles are tempted to stay in their circles and “talk about how conservatives are so arrogant and divisive and powerless,” he said.
“We all agree in our little circles,” he said. “We’re just in our own little world, and that’s so much easier.”
Chan admitted that recently, he watched an old video of himself teaching and was brought to tears by his own “arrogance and division.”
“I apologize for my lack of clarity sometimes,” he said, adding that now, he sometimes comes under fire for appearing on the same stage as those with controversial theological viewpoints.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett