Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon by Preacher Clark, Spring, 1972.
Gary’s Reel 4, CD-13, track 9
As you know, those who believe the truth are often criticized for being out of sync with believers all over the world. But one could justly ask, “Out of sync with which believers?” Catholic believers? Methodist believers? Baptist believers? Pentecostal believers? And if so, then which Pentecostal believers? “Apostolic” believers? Church of God believers? Assembly of God believers? Just which Christians are we out of sync with? Even if we wanted to give up the faith revealed to us by Christ, to which Christian sect could we go so as to finally be considered “in sync with believers”?
On a Sunday afternoon in Grandma’s house long ago, Preacher Clark said, “Those led by some other spirit do not even agree among themselves; how can they agree with us?” Or, how can we agree with them if they do not even agree with each other? Which Christian doctrine is the one that would deliver us from the place to which God has brought us and give us fellowship with our brothers all over the world?
Christianity is so divided against itself that every self-respecting child of God everywhere ought to disassociate himself from it. Division is not of God. In fact, staying in Christianity is what makes God’s children out of sync — with Him! As Paul asked some confused saints in his day, “Is Christ divided?” Of course not. But with that, let us answer this: Is Christianity divided? If the answer is “yes”, then it is not worthy of Christ.
We who have been called by God will never attain to true fellowship until we come out of the abomination called Christianity, for Christianity is the very thing that divides us the most! Only after we come out are we truly free to be led by the Spirit into all truth, wherever it leads us, and only then will we find true fellowship in the light.
Yes, we who have heard from God and who now know the truth are out of sync with our brothers and sisters all over the world, but that is only because they have not yet obeyed the Spirit and come out of Christianity to be made one in Christ. But we are waiting for them to come “outside the camp”, and with open arms we will joyously welcome those who hear the call and follow the Spirit into the wonderful light of God.