'Unity' demands agreement on God's truth

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible in lap (black-and-white)Many leaders in America are calling for unity after the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia – but is that even possible? Two men committed to biblical principles say it can be achieved once again in America, but it must be done God's way.

The president of the American Pastors Network (APN) says while many are pleading for unity and glorifying it as the highest of all goals, unity in fact isn't the highest of all goals. Sam Rohrer explains that the first step that needs to be taken is to agree with God.

"Agreement with him on matters of truth, agreement with God on matters of redemption and salvation and purpose for living – that agreement is obedience, biblically," Rohrer tells OneNewsNow. "Obedience to God is what then produces unity as a byproduct."

Rohrer, Sam (PPN)But if the cart goes before the horse, so to speak, the desired goal will never be achieved, he says. "It's God's way. It's simply been that way from the beginning," Rohrer notes. "God says, You follow my way, I will bless you – and unity will also be a byproduct."

Rohrer writes that America once did believe and embrace those things and that God did indeed bless the nation. But the APN leader argues that now the country must make the choice: "... Either look to God and agree with him and do what he says and regain the freedom we so love; or we will look to ourselves, to government, or to some man or woman and descend into the abyss of slavery and totalitarianism."

In a similar vein, Christian apologist and educator Dr. Alex McFarland contends that the answer to the chaos on display in Virginia is to return to God and the founding principles of America which mitigate against racism.

"All racism is wrong, is evil, [and] is unacceptable because there's one race – the human race," he states.

McFarland explains why the tragedy in Charlottesville shouldn't be seen as an opportunity for political leverage to change the fundamental DNA of America by altering the freedoms in the Constitution.

McFarland

"The risk is that there will be some hate-filled, misguided people who use those freedoms to harm others," he acknowledges. "... The answer [however] is not to take away the freedoms, but to teach moral truth and the acknowledgement of God before whom we'll all give an account.

"What we don't need is a police state, but what we do need is to police ourselves," he offers.

McFarland says that's why it's important for preachers to proclaim moral truth and the obligation to live righteous lives. He laments that so many of these ethical boundaries – long recognized by people of all cultures – have been lost, marginalized, and denigrated in recent years.

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