I wish to add this to my last post, “Amalekites Abound.”
We are Christians, and we need each other.
We need to live and work and love together in spite of our doctrinal and denominational differences. We need each other because we live in a dark and evil age in which our faith comes under attack from many directions at once. We need to give each other strength, encouragement, and love.
We do not need to be going all our separate ways. That’s what our Great Enemy wants.
Read Paul’s epistles carefully, and see the troubles he had with the new churches he was planting. He never gave up on them. He never walked away from them. Those people in Corinth gave him fits. But he never quit on them.
I agree with Ben Franklin: hang together, or we’ll all hang separately.
Our personal, individual sanctification is a slow process requiring repeated acts of forgiveness: not only God forgiving us, but us forgiving one another.
By this we know, as St. John tells us in his epistles, that we are in Christ, and Christ in us.
God grant I’ve said this right. And all of you, please, forgive me if sometimes I’m a fat-head.