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Debunking False Unity Arguments -- Anna Aquino Edition

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Who causes division? Those that bring in teachings different from the doctrine of the Bible! The church is already fragmented between those that play church and those that are the church. Between the "churched" of Rick Warren and the "saved" of Jesus Christ. The mistake Aquino and so many of her ilk make is in the assumption that everyone who says amen is a brother or sister in Christ. Jesus Himself said, who are my mother and brother except they that do the will of my Father.

'I have a few things I think we all need to keep in mind: Are the words that flow from your mouth, or out of your keyboard going to cause unity within the body of Christ or division? Think about what you say before you say it. Think about what you post before you post it. God makes a lot of statements in the Word about unity. Unity commands a blessing from God. Psalm 133 Does your life need God's blessing on it? People who are constantly causing strife and division do not please God. In fact, in Romans 16:1,7 God clearly tells people to avoid those causing strife. As Thumper once said in Bambi, "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all."' -- Anna Aquino

The "thumper theology" aside, how sad is it that Anna Aquino walks right up to the correct Scripture and then walks past it without seeing the truth? She is the voice of dissension in the body every time she tries to teach Christians that God must heal them and He has no sovereignty. The other common misperception offered by Aquino here is that something critical is by default negative. If you only focus on the wolf, it may seem so. There are however sheep that are hopelessly lost and being led to slaughter. Our unity must be rooted in correct doctrine. My shouting "wolf" does promote unity within the body and hopefully the removal of the wolf from our midst.

"Matthew 7:5 Is very clear on the point that we need to remove the log out of our own eyes so that we can remove the speck from our brother's. It's easy to point the finger at someone else and what you feel they have done wrong, but are you looking that closely in the mirror at the things you need to work on? There is a popular phrase that when you point one finger at someone there are three fingers pointing back at you. Jesus did not come to this earth to be brutally murdered so a select few could sit on their high and lofty judgmental seats and point fingers at everyone around them. Jesus was moved with compassion for His people because He loved them. Signs, wonders and miracles flow when people are moved with compassion. Judgmental attitudes dry up the spiritual atmosphere in a person's life." -- Anna Aquino

Yet another strawman argument made by misusing scripture. The Matthew 7 verse is about hypocrisy. That means if I am in the middle of an adulterous relationship I should not be rebuking my brother for doing the same. The hypocrisy ruins the message. Aquino turns it upside down by asserting that one must work on all of their deficiencies before addressing a sinful brother or sister. Under that restriction no one would ever be helped and we would cease being our brother's keeper. Yes Jesus loved His people so much that He refused to allow them to stay in their sinful state. The first words of the ministry of Jesus Christ however were not "can't we all get along" but rather -- "repent!" People who practice sound discernment do not sit in any lofty position. I am nobody but I know somebody! He did not come to this earth to be brutally murdered so that Anna Aquino can prophe-lie and then demand everyone get along with her. Just once I would like to see the false teachers be worried about having compassion for the sheep instead of the wolves.

"Did you know that in order to go fishing for different kinds of fish, sometimes you need different kinds of bait? It's okay if you don't agree with everything one church teaches. As long as the foundation is biblical and not skewed, you must stop looking at someone else's flair as though there is something wrong with it. Different isn't wrong. Someone else is going to need that in their life. Different bait will catch different fish. You are on the same team. Stop fighting, people. If God had wanted us all to be like everyone else, he would have made us all carbon copy robots. He didn't. The Bible refers to the church as a body. Some church groups may focus more on the heart of an issue. Some may focus on the brain. However, they need each other to function." -- Anna Aquino

Different bait? Is she serious? Romans teaches us that only the Gospel has the power of God unto the salvation of man. Is Anna Aquino actually suggesting that we need to modify the Gospel according to who our listeners are? That is simply put, blasphemy. A different gospel is anathema to a discerning Christian. It is not looking at someone else's flair -- it is examining their teachings. I could care less about flair.

"The Bible gives us fantastic wisdom on dealing with people you disagree with. This can be found in Matthew 18 15-17. If you have a problem with someone in the church, you are to go to them on your own so the two of you can talk it out. If that doesn't work, you are to bring a couple of witnesses, and if that still doesn't work, you bring them before the church, but you get the point. How many people practice this today? Instead, they get on social media and blast the individual. If you have a problem with them, go to them. Perhaps you only have half the story. However, people don't want to listen to this. They want to hide behind their posts and stir the drama. Do not speak until you know both sides of a story." -- Anna Aquino

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