Peacemakers Outreach Ministries is committed to implementing, pursuing, advancing, and supporting reconciliation in 4 specific areas. They are as follows: More…
Spiritual Reconciliation and Unity – Spiritual reconciliation is at the very heart of the plans and purposes of God. In the Garden of Eden, man spiritually separated himself from God. This spiritual separation from God has been passed down through the ages to each and every human being without exception. Every human being realizes that there is void in their life. Most of us have sought to fill this void with all the things that the world can offer, only to find at the end of the day that this void remains. The only remedy for this condition is The Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mankind can never hope to be truly reconciled to one another until each and every one of us is first reconciled to our God. Therefore, evangelism must be the first step in any successful ecumenical movement.
Individual Reconciliation and Unity – Individual unity does not imply unity between individuals, but rather unity within ourselves – that is, unity within our own hearts. King David was classified as a man after God’s own heart because he constantly cried out such notable prayers as: “Unite my heart!” (Ps 86:11) & “Create in me a clean heart!” (Ps 51:10).
Often times as believers, our hearts are torn between our love for God and our love for the things of the world. (1 John 2:15-17). A united heart is committed to advancing God’s Kingdom purposes over our own. One of the primary reasons that the ecumenical (unity) movements of the past have failed to bear any fruit is because its leaders have failed to realize that we cannot seek to have true biblical unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ until these areas are first worked out in our own lives.
Denominational Reconciliation and Unity – In our LORD’s final hours on this earth, the one issue that was of upmost importance to Him was for those who would follow in his footsteps and propagate His teachings to remain united. Five times He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane “That they be one…” His reason for praying this was “…that the world may know that You have sent Me.” (John 17:23).
In the book: “In Search of Christian Unity: A History of the Restoration Movement,” Dr. Henry E Webb asks the question:
“Is Christ divided?” When Paul asked that question, could he possibly have imagined the divided state of modern Christendom? Literally hundreds of Denominations, all claiming to follow the same Lord, compete for worshippers every week in America and around the world. “Is Christ divided?” What must the non-Christian think as he looks at the scene? How can he hope to find peace with God among a people who cannot find peace with themselves?”
The Christian church has lost the understanding that our Christian unity was to serve as a testimony to the unredeemed world that God has sent his Son. It is our disunity above everything else that greatly hinders our evangelistic efforts. It is for this reason that we have developed and implemented the Christian Unity Movement which through education and discipleship, seeks to implement, promote and pursue Denominational Reconciliation and Unity. The model for this movement is more fully developed and explained in the book series: “Unifying the Body of Christ – Restoring the New Testament Temple.”
Racial Reconciliation and Unity – The bible teaches that in heaven there will be people redeemed: “Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9). Therefore, any bias, prejudice, bigotry or divisions based on race, color, nationality, language or ethnicity is rooted in biblical ignorance and is contrary to the spirit of the gospel.