A Matter of Fellowship

Fellowship is a big issue in the church today. In fact, it has always been an issue even before the church was established. The Israelites were called to be separate from everyone else. Solomon said as much in 1 Kings 8:53:

For thou didst separate them from among all the peoples of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord Jehovah.”

Today God’s children seem to have an ever increasing desire to welcome all who claim to believe in Him. However, fellowship is a spiritual blessing that belongs only to those who are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). We can know for certain who is to be in our spiritual fellowship by simply reading passages such as 2 John 9-11:

Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son. If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting: for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.”

It is evident that to enjoy the fellowship of God and other Christians, one must be obedient to the word of God. And since every single denomination teaches a different doctrine, they obviously cannot be in fellowship with each other because only one can be right, if at all. The prophet Amos spelled this out very clearly when he wrote “Shall two walk together, except they have agreed?” (Amos 3:3) The solution is to be a part of the church that Jesus died for. Only those in Christ, buried with Him in baptism (Romans 6:4) and do more than just say they believe (Matthew 7:21) can enjoy the fellowship of other Christians. That is not to say that non-church members cannot be our friends but for certain we cannot join with them in religious service.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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