Ecumenism — We are to be One Body

John said, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

Jesus answered, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”

Mark 9:38-40

I appeal to you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas (Peter)”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized in one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of languages. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other languages? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 12:4-5

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:16

And Christ is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Colossians 1:18

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

Colossians 2:18-19

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:14-16

We cannot hate our fellow brethren, we must hold them all the closer and love them stronger. For hating our brethren is one of the signs of the anti-christs (1st John), so we know that when that happens, it is HaSatan trying to get at us, and divide us, because he is jealous of us as a large and growing group gathering to follow YHVH. HaSatan wants to destroy us, and we cannot let him win.

I know that at times people can be emotional and rash, misreading the actions and intents of others; but we cannot let HaSatan divide us with petty things and accusations.

If as a group you are considering cancelling even a single gathering for the Sabbath (Shabbat) or a Holy Day (Moedim), I fervently urge you to hold services anyway, because having a place to gather is very important, the people need these gatherings, the flock needs a place to be pastured, to rest at noon time, and be fed.

All of you, coming together as a tribe and honouring Yah and his appointed times and reading and studying his Torah together, and living out that Torah. is what matters most, and should be a priority over all other things.

When a member leaves a community, the loss of their presence is felt. We have each been endowed with gifts, talents which enrich the community, and provide resources to it. When one member leaves, the community loses that resource, that value. I therefore hope that those who have separated from the community, may in the future be rejoined with it, for we all love each of you so very much, are so very thankful for the time, effort, talents, and gifts you bring to the assembly; it is richer for having you in it.

I know that in the heat of the moment the issues that divide us might seem major; but know that these issues are actually very miner and can be resolved. We come together as a community in love, we must in love choose to work tirelessly to resolve the issues that divide us. YHVH wants us to gather together in love; haSatan wants to divide us. I urge you, gather together in love, we should not have to lose people over issues which are actually very miner. I hope everyone can come together and embrace at future Shabbats, and be part of one assembly for many years to come.

If you find yourselves amidst what seem like unreconcilable divisions, remember Ecclesiastes 3:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to rend and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak up, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.”

So if you feel like as if you are in a time of rending, destroying, and scattering, remember Ecclesiastes 3, that for everything there is a season, and this season was meant to come to pass, a time to rend (Separate, come undone, fall apart), and a time to mend (be rejoined, stitched up, healed), a time to be destroyed (fall apart), and a time to rebuild, a time to scatter like stones, and a time to be gathered, a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
Hopefully there will be a speedy mending and rebuilding, as I and others have urged and instructed.

If however things do not feel like they are currently going to repair, remember that you should not try to harvest fruit before its season. If you try too early the fruit may be too bitter to turn out good; or if you try too late, the fruit will already be rotten and dead. You must look for the moment when it is right to harvest.

That being said, the root of your congregation should always continue to come together, even during those times, for during the winter seasons though many leaves may have fallen away, and the tree may appear dead, the tree, if taken care of, will still produce a bountiful harvest when that season arrives. But if you allow the root to die, then the tree shall die also and will never produce fruit.

I therefore fervently urge that as many of you as possible, come together as often as possible, to honour and follow Yah. All of you persevering as one, through earthquake, flood, fire, plague, and famine, the congregation never missing a single shabbat or moedim due to any human or natural thing. You must gather together to serve Yah.

For if the tribulations come during our lifetimes, we will experience all of those things, and we cannot allow a single one of those to stop us for a single day, we must continue to come together and honour Yah.

I hope for a mending of the congregation, hopefully you will get your chance to embrace as a whole again, and rejoin with one another.

I wish I could embrace all of you, but to everything there is a season, and I know right now is not the season for that for me, and I should not try to harvest that fruit until it’s time.

Until that season, know that my heart and prayers are with all of you, that I love and think highly of each of you, and have words of praise for each and every person. You all still have my dedicated love and service, and this is eternal, I will help any individual, as well as the congregation as a whole, if asked, seen or unseen, known or unknown. If they need help, they can call upon me,; when you need help and think that no one is there for you, I am at your disposal; I am there for them. I love all of you, and I am your servant, eternally.

Fear not, for this is all part of The Almighty’s will, He preordained this to happen,, so it all has to come to pass. Know that all is going as Yah planned. I and other saints (set apart ones) are already hard at work preparing for the future. All is playing out as planned. Fear not, for all is going according to Yah’s plan.

So remember all of the things I have said, as well as all of the ways I have said one must live their lives, following Yah’s commands, making that the priority, and loving your brethren.

Remember that I love all of you, and know that I shall go out into the wilderness now, but know that I go to build a place for all of you, a place with many rooms. I look forward to a day when I can come out of the wilderness, and invite all of you to tabernacle with me.

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

2 Corinthians 4:5

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:20

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

John 14:23

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

John 14:1-3

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