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No Divisions

In the New Testament we are told that the church in Corinth had many problems. One of these problems was that they were divided. One reason for their divisions was that they were following men. "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?" (1 Cor. 1:12-13a)

Jesus Christ is not divided. We all must be His disciples. Even today, believers sometimes follow a popular preacher or evangelist or godly man and a division results between others who follow a different individual. Within a church, family members may band together, and there can be one family group against another family group. When there is animosity between brothers within a family, there can be a division between the brothers. There may be differences of opinion that cause divisions. The devil can use any problem or difference between us to create a division.

The problems and divisions in the church in Corinth were so bad that their assemblies were not for the better but for the worse.

Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. (1 Cor. 11:17-22)

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Ed Anderson
(Sierra Vista, AZ)


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