Unity Through Love and Truth

Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bo′sheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahana′im to Gibeon. And Jo′ab the son of Zeru′iah, and the servants of David, went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool. And Abner said to Jo′ab, “Let the young men arise and play before us.” And Jo′ab said, “Let them arise.” Then they arose and passed over by number, twelve for Benjamin and Ish-bo′sheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. And each caught his opponent by the head, and thrust his sword in his opponent’s side; so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called Hel′kath-hazzu′rim,[a] which is at Gibeon. And the battle was very fierce that day; and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David. And the three sons of Zeru′iah were there, Jo′ab, Abi′shai, and As′ahel. Now As′ahel was as swift of foot as a wild gazelle; and As′ahel pursued Abner, and as he went he turned neither to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner. Then Abner looked behind him and said, “Is it you, As′ahel?” And he answered, “It is I.” Abner said to him, “Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and seize one of the young men, and take his spoil.” But As′ahel would not turn aside from following him. And Abner said again to As′ahel, “Turn aside from following me; why should I smite you to the ground? How then could I lift up my face to your brother Jo′ab?” But he refused to turn aside; therefore Abner smote him in the belly with the butt of his spear, so that the spear came out at his back; and he fell there, and died where he was. And all who came to the place where As′ahel had fallen and died, stood still. But Jo′ab and Abi′shai pursued Abner; and as the sun was going down they came to the hill of Ammah, which lies before Gi′ah on the way to the wilderness of Gibeon. And the Benjaminites gathered themselves together behind Abner, and became one band, and took their stand on the top of a hill. Then Abner called to Jo′ab, “Shall the sword devour for ever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you bid your people turn from the pursuit of their brethren?” And Jo′ab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would have given up the pursuit of their brethren in the morning.” So Jo′ab blew the trumpet; and all the men stopped, and pursued Israel no more, nor did they fight any more. And Abner and his men went all that night through the Arabah; they crossed the Jordan, and marching the whole forenoon they came to Mahana′im. Jo′ab returned from the pursuit of Abner; and when he had gathered all the people together, there were missing of David’s servants nineteen men besides As′ahel. But the servants of David had slain of Benjamin three hundred and sixty of Abner’s men. And they took up As′ahel, and buried him in the tomb of his father, which was at Bethlehem. And Jo′ab and his men marched all night, and the day broke upon them at Hebron.
— 2 Sam. 2 :12-32

There is a time to unite groups and a time to separate, but we must be simultaneously zealous for truth and gracious toward other Christians. 

The PC enominatio as founded in 1973 when a group of conservative pastors, elders, and lay people and their churches left the PCUS denomination (who later joined with the UPC to form the PCUSA) because men were being ordained who refused to acknowledge the Virgin Birth of Jesus and the bodily resurrection of Jesus and that the Bible is without error...there was also concerns over the ordination of women, and that foreign missionaries from the denomination were beginning to lose their focus on actually evangelizing the nations vs. just doing mercy or educational work. RC Sproul in a similar situation earlier recount how he was waiting to go through his exam along with another young man who was fretting about whether to “go with” the resurrection of Jesus or not and asked RC his opinion on what he should say...RC responded that he should tell the truth about what he actually believed… there is a time to separate and a time unite...later we joined together with the Reformed Presbyterian Church to strengthen our denomination. 

We very easily divide into US AND THEM and sometimes assign motives to people which are not accurate...but there is also a temptation to compromise biblical doctrine so that people will like us.

Christ will unite all Christians, but we should never be afraid to preach the truth, HE himself will see that both ends are accomplished!

n Prayer Today:

Praise God for both grace and truth which come from Jesus Chris.