Why are we so divided?
By Pieter Kirstein
A brother in Christ emailed me the following:
I came across this yesterday and it is one of the most important words I have ever read. It goes straight to the heart of everything. Please take a
few moments to read it to the end.
Peace and love to you.
I did not receive this from the Lord, Chris Hall did, and I feel it is important enough to share, I
don't take any credit for this at all.
Christopher M. Hall
Yesterday (5/26/22) at 1:54pm · Dayton, OH
I had a spiritual encounter while in prayer.
I was in the Spirit (I have Pentecostal roots) and prayed to God about division in the body and true holiness... and I believe God spoke to me. I was overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions to the point where I had to type it all out. Here's what I believe
the LORD told me...
"Why are we so divided?”
"What must I do to be holy?”
My child, I will tell you why you are all so divided. It is your religions.
They are not of me. Each of you has a list. A list of do’s and don’ts. And each of you think that I authored your respective
Baptists have their list, Catholics have their lists, Pentecostals have their lists, Methodists have their lists, Lutherans have their lists, Charismatics have their lists, Messianics have their lists, Episcopals
have their lists… each list is different.
I’m not a God of confusion.
Each list is a doctrine of man.
Some say you must keep
the Ten Commandments that I delivered to Moses to give to my people.
Some of you expand upon these and add feast days, Sabbaths, dietary regulations, linguistic nuances of eccentricity wherein you think you are shown to be wise, yet
you are looking foolish in your conceits.
You want to be so much like my people… but not like me.
You fail to realize… I’m the eternal, the constant, the source; the Alpha,
the Omega, the beginning, the ending, the all in all, the great I AM that I AM… I’m not Catholic, Protestant, or Evangelical… neither am I Jewish.
some of you have codified my teachings into a strict body of church law in which you seek to please me by changing your “behavior” … but not your “being”.
Teachings of mine were for spiritual
development; they were not intended to be turned into dry do’s and don’ts to maintain a religious status quo.
Then some of you codified the methods with which I addressed issues in Israel or the first generation
of churches... making them “commandments” instead of seeing the spirit behind the reasoning.
A reasoning that endures in any context, be it time or culture. Then you added historical traditions established
by various religious leaders and founders.
You codified congregation structures, financial models, added liturgies, added dietary regulations, added special days of worship, added dress codes, even added prohibitions
on both men and women I never required.
Each of you has these LISTS!
Stop trying to please me by living these man-made lists!
you because you measure yourselves against one another based on your respective man-made LISTS.
Ask the Pharisee to list exactly what must be done to please me!
Let him present
And suddenly you’ll see another Pharisee argue against something on the first Pharisee’s list or seek to add something from their list to it!!!
they are all squabbling over which commandments on which list has to be obeyed and which do not!
It is because the spirit of legalism leaves you awash in the sea of subjective
personal interpretation wherein one man’s interpretation is just as good as another’s.
Yet you cling to them because you think they make you “holy”.
lists don’t make you holy.
What makes you Holy is… ME.
You see… I am the Vine, and you are the branches. You are called to be living extensions of me… not
living extensions of the ancient nation of Israel, your given church, or your given denomination.
You are called to be conformed into the image and likeness of Christ… not the image and likeness of your respective church, movement,
or denomination. When you live by their LISTS… you are becoming like them… NOT like me.
And so, you ask… How do I become like you? I, the LORD, shall answer you this day. He who has an ear, let him hear!!!…
The answer is in the very nature of my being my beloved. You see… I AM… love. When you are loving, gracious, forgiving, kind, compassionate, patient, long suffering, temperate, and giving… you are being like Me.
Do you wish to fulfill “the law”???
DON’T live by its letter. Find its core. Find its essence. Find my reason for delivering said laws in their given contexts.
Find its spirit and intent. You’ll discover that it is because I was teaching many different things… but the core was and always has been… MY love.
Love me my child.
Love me with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And demonstrate your love for me by loving others as yourself.
If you do this, you will have fulfilled the essence of MY law. If there is
any other commandment ever brought to your attention, know this… it is fulfilled in this single statement, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
In this you do no wrong… and in loving… you
become like me… the one who is love itself.
So be not swayed by their LISTS. Do not be deceived by their vain and eccentric verbiage. Do not emulate a nation, a denomination, or a church. Instead… emulate Me
and you will find rest for your souls.
Love Me with all your being… and show me that you love Me by loving others as yourself. The only commandment I give you is this… LOVE.
For love will not murder, steal, covet, slander, commit adultery, rage, revenge, or blaspheme. Love will set every day aside as holy… because love seeks to give absolute devotion every single day without end.
I am not impressed with your LISTS.
First, your lists all differ. And second, you don’t even keep your own lists perfectly!
This makes you hypocrites of the worst
Why do you do this to yourselves???
Do you really think I’m IMPRESSED by anything you do?
Am I impressed by any cherry-picked
LIST of commandments you’ve chosen to embrace… at the expense of others that you chose not to?
Do you really think I’m going to open the books and judge you by each of your respective lists???!
Will I judge according to dress code, hairstyles, feast days, and your labored mispronunciations of an ancient language???
Will I praise you for acting Jewish… even though if the truth were
to be told… you don’t have a single drop of Hebrew blood in your body???
When you stand before Me… I will only seek to know two things: Did you love me
with all your being?
Did you seek to show your love for me by loving others as yourself?
And you’ll then begin to see how your LISTS hindered you from loving your neighbors.
You will see how your lusts, adulteries, thievery, slander, etc. are not rooted in failing to obey a rule on a LIST… but in your failure to LOVE. For love does no harm to the object of its affection.
I leave you with this… become like Me. Be conformed into the very image and likeness of Jesus Christ, my beloved Son. And in this you will find true holiness.
In this you will find the law of liberty… the
law of LOVE. You will have discovered… ME.