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Stained Glass Jesus

headChrist's Worldwide body is only effective while directed by Christ who is the head. Heresy, which means disobeying the head, may disable or even cut a denomination off from the body. The body hurts when this happens for Jesus Christ died for his body the church! One denomination does not have a monopoly over all of the Christian church's functions. The three major streams of catholic, protestant and pentecostal unify the Body by the various roles they play.

Different Contributions

Stained Glass JesusThose in the catholic tradition bring a history of liturgy and worship. It was the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches that maintained worldwide Christianity from the third to the fifteenth centuries of its life. Protestants generally major on personal faith and benefit the overall church by concentrating on the Bible. It was the churches of the Reformation that rediscovered the Scriptures and renewed the church over four centuries. The pentecostal strand of Christianity allowed the work of the Holy Spirit to be re-established in God's church and so re-energized it.

Three Rope Strands

rock climberLike the three strands of a rope, the catholic, protestant and pentecostal movements give great strength in their diversity to Christ's body. When one is weak, the other two take the load. The pentecostal and protestant strands were strong in the New Testament church especially in the Gentile churches. In the Early Church, it was the protestant section which brought such widespread evangelistic growth, but after the fourth century the catholic wing was in the ascendancy while the other two faded in emphasis but remained in the background.

Genuine Christianity

Pentecost FlameAt the Reformation, protestants again came to the fore. At the end of the Nineteenth Century, pentecostal renewal once more swept through the church. True disciples of Jesus Christ are therefore fully protestant, completely pentecostal and thoroughly catholic. Genuine Christianity holds these three truths and parts together at the same time.

"Christ's Worldwide Body"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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