A Time for Dissension

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 15:1–21.
Barnabas and Paul taught successfully, converting many people. The devil did not like that. Sometimes he would use outsiders to try to stop the preaching, and sometimes he would use insiders, hoping that by controversy, he could divert the effort of the preachers from teaching unbelievers to debating with believers. Well, sometimes that has to happen, for if believers start adding things to the doctrine of Christ, we have to oppose them and what they teach. This happened to Barnabas and Paul, “And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this qu estion” (Acts 15:1, 2). And so began a long struggle against those who sought to bring circumcision and the Law of Moses into the church. Nevertheless, Paul and Barnabas continued to preach to outsiders as well.
When distractions to preaching the gospel come up, what do you do?

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