In a recent conversation with two pastors, they shared the following:
“I really think we as Christians need to start fervently admonishing & teaching away from the term “race.”
There is one race…the human race.
There are many variations thereof but only one race: the human race.
Jesus died for every person in the human race, or to put it Biblically: Mankind.”
And the second pastor said this:
“I agree with you that there is only one race and we need to start believing that as a nation. Along the same line there is just one God, one Jesus, one Holy Spirit and one Bible. We should not have a myriad of denominations and sects. God, through the Apostles, established the Church, it is clear through Paul’s teaching that there should not be any divisions in the Church. The whole realm of those who have accepted salvation through Jesus should not be calling themselves Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, “Christian”(as in the Christian Church denomination) , Lutherans, Pentecostals, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah Witness, Church of God, Church of Christ, Episcopalians, or any other of the hundreds or even thousands of denominational names. We are Christians! Nothing else. The ripping apart of the Church into denominations is undoubtedly the post powerful weapon Satan has ever created.”
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Just as the Sacrifice is One-for-all, so should the recipients be all-for-One. As one of these pastors said, “we are all the same color in the womb.”
As are our souls. There is no race, no color, no sect, no creed, no denomination attached.
Only the Image of God.