Three divisive scenarios – God’s one unifying solution

Peaceful unity is beautiful, whereas evil promotes cantankerous divisiveness. We recognize this. However, are we aware just how profoundly solidarity saturates God’s will at all levels?

Paul’s writings outline God’s solutions for a fractured cosmos, a divided church and broken relationships. Should we be surprised that at its core the same solution keeps appearing? Continue reading “Three divisive scenarios – God’s one unifying solution”

The church split

Imagine my surprise while eating lunch at a table filled with preachers to hear one fellow brag to another about how many church splits he had instigated.  I was horrified. As far as I was concerned, such an acknowledgement should be an embarrassment.

It does not take too much insight to understand how he thought, even though I have never experienced a church split. I wonder how deeply he considered the following observations and antidotes before triggering each division. Continue reading “The church split”

Are you Jesus’ sheep?

One would have thought Jesus’ sayings would engender unity and love everywhere he went because that was his message, right? That was not the Jew’s reaction. Their reaction was division.

In John 10:19, the apostle John wrote, “There was a division therefore again among the Jews” about Jesus’ sayings. Some claimed he was possessed by a devil. Others rightly said Jesus could not be demon possessed and cure the blind.

Jesus’ answer was, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify of me. But you do not believe because you are not of my sheep” (John 10:25-26 NASB).

Then, Jesus made three statements that proved the Jews were not his sheep. Continue reading “Are you Jesus’ sheep?”

A Pauline root canal

It might just as well have been a root canal procedure, even though no audible high-speed metallic whirring from a dentist’s drill could be heard, nor was the prick felt of an anesthetic injection. Nevertheless, the apostle Paul was fully engaged in extracting a throbbing rottenness from the ancient Corinthian church.

Their confidence in human wisdom in those spewing forth perceived profoundness had created a decay erupting in the early stages of divisive sectarianism. To be sure they would have described their mindset differently, as merely a strong confidence in a particular person’s thinking. However, their symptomatic slogans: “I am of Paul;” “I am of Apollos;” “I am of Cephas;” or “I am of Christ” betrayed a growing polarization around dominant personalities (1 Corinthians 1:12-13).

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