Daily Devotional | Division In The Church

1 Corinthians 6:7 NKJV
“Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?” 
 
 
In Col. 3:14, it says that love is the perfect bond of unity. The New Testament speaks about us being unified in Christ (Eph. 4:5). In response to Christians who follow after individuals rather than Jesus, Paul says that Christ is not divided (1 Cor. 1:12-13).  Though Christ is not divided, His body of believers is. 
 
I believe it is because of immaturity and pride in various Christians that cause division in the Christian church . Should we not sacrifice our “perfect” opinion on a biblical matter for being gracious to another brother or sister in Christ?  Of course we should, but we need to understand, there is only one anointed pastor/leader of that church.  I cannot see how such a huge fragmentation in the Christian Church glorifies God.
 
Paul emphasizes, starting in Philippians 1:27 that the source of the unity is the gospel of Christ and that we are in one mind and one soul in striving for that gospel. In Philippians 1:1 he states that the source is fellowship in the spirit, and states that we are to have one mind with Christ – it does not say that we are to create one mind with each other. 
 
John 17:21 says, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst me. This is the prayer Jesus prayed to God the father, that we would provide unity to his church. The source of that unity is God, not us. We cannot answer prayer. If unity were something that was to come through and from us, surely this would have been said to the church at some point, but nowhere in scripture have we found anything to tell us to create unity in the church. What we do see is an emphasis on sound doctrine and on obedience to God, and the unity that comes about as a result.
 
Unity with others in the church is to be dependent upon the recipient of the message, accepting correction from God’s word. Without truth, there will and must be division. Our loyalty must be to the Living Word and the written word of God. Because of this, we must divide with those who seek to deceive or lead astray the people of God (2 Cor 11:12-15)
 
That being said, if unity in the church comes from God, then is there a basis in scripture for division to exist, and if so why?
 
There is a time for division in the body of Christ.  When an individual or a church group is denying clear scripture and remains unrepentant after being admonished, then it is time to break fellowship with that group.  Such is the case with churches that openly advocates the support of homosexuality.  These churches are at  risk of apostasy by entertaining the idea of accepting homosexual relationships into church. One church set up a $500,000 scholarship fund for gay and lesbian seminarians and urged wider acceptance of homosexuals in the church.  Such movements by churches toward accepting in Christianity are clearly a sign of apostasy.  If they don’t believe God’s word in such a fundamental issue, how can they be trusted to understand God’s word in other issues?
 
Church groups like this are in open rebellion against God and His word and it would not only be prudent, but it would be biblical to not fellowship with these groups.
 
The Christian church, as a whole, needs to repent. We need to look at ourselves. We need to look at our churches. We need to look at one another and decide that we will stand on the essential doctrines of the faith and that we will be united against the enemy. Those of us who are united by the blood of Christ are not enemies with one another whether we be Presbyterian or Baptist or Lutheran. But, we need to be reminded that there is neither a Presbyterian nor a Baptist nor a Lutheran on the throne of God. We need to seek to work together to further the Kingdom of God.
 
Scripture of the day: then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. ~ Philippians 2:2  
 
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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