A false sense of fraternity

(Following on from the previous post)

A false sense of fraternity

“Brotherhood” can so many times be based on what people don’t believe in, or don’t do, or object to, rather than the affirmative: What they actually DO believe in, and more to the point, WHOM they believe in and love – there can be a false sense of fraternity.

Protestants left Rome and then had a fraternity based on “We are not them”. House churchers leave the system and often have a fraternity based on “We are not one of them”… etc..

Or, to leave the “prosperity gospel” or “false prophetic” and then base unity on that criterion.

A false unity is based on “what we are not” rather than on “what we are”.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. Luke 18:11

Many today have an identity based on a comparison with others, rather than an identity exclusively and solely in Christ. This is revealed in the general nature of what they talk about – if Christ is their identity then He is central, but, if like the Pharisee (above), one bases their identity on what they don’t do, or that they are unlike others, then this will characterize their life and what they talk about: their theme will always be comparative, comparing their church with others, etc.

The internet tends to fuel this kind of thing.

And here is the clincher: People who try to build a fraternity based on “what we are not” are preying on the vulnerability and naivety of people by giving them a false sense of brotherhood or fraternity, with control as the goal.

Right across the board Christians are increasingly becoming defined by their superficiality and lack of substance.

One Response to “A false sense of fraternity”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    What are the factors determining fraternity or brotherhood among Christian groups?

    – Doctrinal
    – Cultural: social stratification
    – Wealth
    – Aims, Goals or Purpose
    – Shared interests
    – Age group
    – Musical preference
    – Fashions
    – Size of the congregation


    But, what about Jesus Christ? Does He determine fraternity and brotherhood?

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