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Let's Return to Christian Unity is the first in a two-part series. The second book is entitled Church Unity, How to Get There. Both books call for Christians to forever lay aside the barriers which separate the redeemed. In this book a Japanese Christian named Kokichi Kurosaki declares that we can be one. First Kurosaki presents the problems which cause division, defines the present need, and points you, the believer, to the path of oneness in the body of Christ. Kurosaki gives you a new view on why we must return to unity as he shows you the destructive power of division as seen through the eyes of a foreigner living on a mission field. He tells us that many mission field converts such as himself have abandoned the western ways which have caused division among believers. Read Kurosaki's words. Share them with others. Pray that a vast ground swell will rise among believers here in the West that God's people will refuse to be separated from one another any longer... that believers will lay aside differences which have been unnaturally and unnecessarily placed upon us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.29 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
ISBN 0940232456 ISBN13 9780940232457
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Christian Unity, or Seductive Heresy? Nov 25, 2003
In the opening chapter of his book Mr. Kurosaki states clearly that his concept of Christian unity did NOT come as a result of careful biblical study (exegesis) and time in prayer; rather he states that it stemmed from his personal "lifelong experience" of observing other Christians. This should immediately trigger a red flag. From this starting point of his subjective personal experience, it is no surprise to find Mr. Kurosaki mired in serious error (and at some points even rank heresy) concerning biblical unity, the church, the nature of God, and the nature of salvation. His false presuppositions inevitably lead him into many theological blunders.
One such example is seen on Page-28 where he erroneously makes the blasphemous statement that God created mankind because He was lonely, and needed fellowship with human beings.
Kurosaki: "God created man in His own image...why? God must have felt very lonely as he found not one among all the creatures with whom He was able to have fellowship." "Without the existence of human beings, God could never be satisfied.(P. 28)"
This is the heresy of "Open Theism." The Triune God of the Bible is not lonely, nor is He in need of anything from human beings. He is impassible. Kurosaki's unbiblical view of God naturally degenerates into an unbiblical view of the gospel.
For example, he states: "The death of Christ is necessary for the forgiveness of sins, but our understanding of it is not necessarily a condition of salvation" (P. 41) "God did not give His Son on the cross to make the understanding of it a condition of salvation." (P.42)
How one can be saved apart from understanding the gospel is a mystery to anyone familiar with Scripture. Moreover, advocating a gospel which saves anyone or everyone apart from understanding it leaves one embracing either the heresy of universalism, or that of inclusivism. This is a different Gospel.
Some might object and say that those statements which I quoted were taken out of context. I would respond by asking; in what context could those statements be right? You cannot be saved apart from an understanding of Christ's death on the cross in ANY context.
Equally troubling is the way Mr. Kurosaki repeatedly pits biblical doctrine against Christian unity as though the two were antithetical. His work is fraught with false dichotomies. Biblical truth (doctrine) is never the enemy of biblical unity. Nor is biblical truth the enemy of a Christ-centered, sanctified life. God forbid! They go hand in hand. Biblical sanctification is accomplished by the Spirit of God through the Word of God (John 17:17). Ignoring or attacking doctrine for the sake of so-called unity is a greased slide into heresy, not to mention unholy living. "Better a holy discord than a profane concord (Thomas Adams)."
Listen carefully to what the apostle Paul had to say about doctrinal dissention; "For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you" (1 Corinthians 11:19). God Himself has so ordained it that there be doctrinal differences for the purpose of establishing and making it clear who His approved teachers are.
It is also quite interesting that on the one hand Mr. Kurosaki eschews doctrine, and doctrinal distinctives, and yet on the other hand his entire book is an attempt to put forth his own doctrinal understanding of Christian unity. He advocates tolerance, love and unity, and yet he is intolerant and certainly not unified when it comes to the Reformers, or those who are opposed to his viewpoint.
By taking such a stance, Mr. Kurosaki also unwittingly opposes both Jesus and the Father. "Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine..." (John 7:16-17). The early church would also be opposed by Mr. Kurosaki because they, "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine..." (Acts 2:42). Scripture equates doctrine with the teaching of Jesus (Luke 4:32), with the gospel itself (Rom 6:17), and Paul told Timothy that doctrine was central to church worship. "Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine" (1 Tim 4:13). So important is doctrine to God, that Elders who labor in the Word and doctrine are to be given double honor (1 Tim 5:17) by the church.
Is doctrine really the enemy of unity, or Christ-centeredness? No. Jesus said that if you love Him you will keep His commands (John 14:15). Obviously you cannot obey what you do not even know or understand. Claiming to love Jesus apart form obeying His commands is self-delusion. I would also point out that churches which focus on unity at the expense of doctrine are inevitably and hopelessly MAN-centered.
Paul offers this rather sobering warning to those who attack doctrine. 1 Timothy 6:3 "If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions..." Division and man-centeredness comes when there is a lowering or an abandonment of doctrine, not when it is upheld.
This book serves as a good illustration of the danger of taking a theory to the Bible, and then proof-texting scripture to support it. Verses are frequently lifted from their context in order to punctuate Mr. Kurosaki's unbiblical concept of unity. Much more could be said (and quoted), but in short, I do not recommend this book whatsoever. Simply stated, adds nothing but division and confusion to the subject of Biblical Unity.
Analysis of Christian disunity Nov 7, 2000
There have been many books written on the problem of unity among the Christian population. The fighting among the Christians has become a focus of discussion among many and a reason why some would not consider the teachings of Jesus. Mr. Kurosaki, growing up and living in a "non-christian" nation, has been able to place the blame clearly upon the loss of the "center" of the Christian faith. When the center shifted from Christ Himself to the Bible, the doorway became open to endless division among the believers. The Bible's function, according to Mr. Kurosaki, was simply to chronicle the experiences of people of faith, not become a textbook on how to live a life of faith. The former is a life matter, issuing out of a change of heart, the latter is an outward performance, put on like a garment to be worn. To attempt to deify the Bible has resulted in endless interpretations of the "Truth" which issues in endless formation of groups with the corner on the "Truth." The Bible should just point us to the one who IS the center of belief, Jesus Christ, and to enable us to allow Him to live his life out through us. This results in the truth of the greatest commandment to be lived out through us: To love God with our whole being, and to love our neighbor as ourself. This love removes division rather than installs it. This is a short book that makes a clear and concise statement of our real Christian heritage, not the one passed down through men. It seems to have lost nothing in the translation. Very recommended reading for anyone, especially the Christian who can't understand why there is so little love and so much division in the Christian church.