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Of One Accord

One of my greatest sorrows is the divisions among the Church, not just within the local body but also within the Church at large. The New Testament reveals, however, that any time divisions arose in the church, whether among different bodies, or the Jewish and Gentile believers, or the Hellenistic Jewish believers vs. the Hebraic Jewish believers the leaders of the church actively sought to mend the division. They rid themselves of whatever was causing the division, or found a common ground on which believers could stand (Jesus, of course), and, as the scriptures put it, they “were all of one accord.” Consider now, though. In America alone, there are tens of thousands denominations. Some of these, I will outright say, are heretical and deviate heavily from the Christ and the Bible, mainly among the progressive movements, but some among the old “mainline churches.” Yet those who do stay faithful to Christ and His word are still heavily divide, mistrustful of one another, even going so far as to fight for territory with one another and bad mouth one another. This, as Paul states, ought not to be.

We need to follow the example of the church we find in Scripture (in every level), especially when it comes to unity. Jesus said “the world will know you are my disciples by how you love for one another.” What are we showing the world? If our doctrine is wrong (in accordance with the scriptures, not traditions of men), we correct one another, but we stand firm upon the solid rock of Christ, loving, supporting, and building one another up in love, that the world may see Jesus as supreme. Christian, it is up to us to bridge the gap, to love our brothers, and to show the world the power of Christ in us, and we begin that by loving each other. 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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