The Standard

Apostle Grace Lubega

1 Corinthians 12:3(KJV); Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost.

It is by the Spirit of God that we declare that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Often times, I have heard Christians disqualify fellow brethren as false ministers and as ‘anti-Christ’ purely on doctrinal differences and variances in the interpretation of the scriptures.

But what is the standard set by the scriptures?

The Bible says that no man can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. It is the power of the Spirit that provokes us to bow to His Lordship and worship Him as God.

This cannot be taken lightly child of God.

We might assume that it is an easy thing to simply declare that He is Lord but that is not so.

Belief in God is NOT a qualifier of who is for Christ and who is not. In fact, it is not supposed to be the unification factor in the Christendom.

In James 2:19, the scriptures reveal that the devils also believe and tremble.

What demons cannot do however is to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ! That takes the very power of the Holy Spirit.

Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God (1 John 4:2). That is our standard.

To this end, in the spirit of the unity of the faith, Paul says, though some preach Christ in envy and others in contention, “notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea and will rejoice.”(Philippians 1:18).

If a man truly exalts Christ, celebrate him. As long as he draws men to Christ, let that be a reason to defend him as a brother.

Christ and His message is our unifying factor.

FURTHER STUDY: Philippians 1:15-18, 1 John 4:2


If a man truly exalts Christ, celebrate him. As long as he draws men to Christ, let that be a reason to defend him as a brother.

PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank you for this Word. I thank you for your love that has been shed abroad in my heart; love for the church of Christ and for the brethren in the kingdom. Every day you teach me that it is not mysteries or depths of revelation that saved us but love did. So I choose to love those of the household of faith. I choose to defend my brothers and sisters in the gospel because they exalt you. Teach me to understand every day that any attack against a fellow brother is an attack against me. That my love may abound more and more, that I will not seek to judge but will always seek to pray for my fellow Christians and ministers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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