If we fail to remind our congregation regularly that we are a part of the larger body of Christ, than just our local church or denomination, we will end up with
- Christians who are raised to believe in their Pastor’s distinctiveness at the expense of other ministry gifts in the body of Christ. This is cultic followership.
No minister is anything in himself other than what he has been made to be to the body of Christ. Ministry gifts are to the body of a Christ; whatever each does is complementary to others. Paul plants, Apollos waters; increase comes from God.
- Christians who are raised to think that their church or denomination is better than every other, whereas no church is an island. This is denominational bigotry.
We are so interconnected that to think otherwise is dysfunctional. We fed from those before us and share with those around us. The body of a Christ is one. Jesus’ very important prayer is ‘that they might be one’.
- Christians who think that their teachings/doctrine is better than all others. This is Doctrinal pride.
No pride/boast is right, unless it is in Christ. We are called to grow in the unity of faith. That growth is together with others in the body.