Division in The Church

by - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hi Beauties,

I hope you are doing well. This month’s blog post I wanted to focus on the fact that there is so much division in the Church. I have had various conversations, with some with people from different denominations or who believe particular doctrines. I have watched some videos on Social Media that may be saying the truth but not doing so in love. It occurred to me how divided we are as the body of Christ. Not that this is news to me, but it has felt more apparent lately.

So what do we do? I personally think that we should love one another through our differences as that is what we have been called to do. Following Christ is already difficult enough; the way God set things up, we are to support one another on this Christian journey. So I encourage you today to be the change that you want to see. Learn the Bible for yourself and stay away from strange doctrines, pray for people more than you shame them and speak life to people. We all fall short, but we have a Heavenly Father to pick us up each time.

I personally identify as a non-denominational Christian that believes in the Bible and follows it. No disrespect to anyone, but I feel that denominations bring more division than good. There are topics that I have decided that I will never speak about because I believe that they will bring confusion, conflict and division. I say all this to say, let us not let the devil divide us. We are heavily attacked because we are a threat to the kingdom of darkness, but let us rise above that.

God has given us all we need on this earth and since we were created to worship Him, we all hold responsibility to know the Bible for ourselves. There will be no excuse on judgement day. So think about why you do what you do and do not follow everything that the majority are doing, especially if you have a conviction that they may not be right. Seek to know what the Bible says about particular things and ask God to guide you in wisdom. We live in a generation where anyone can turn on their camera and start speaking online. I am pretty convinced that you can find an argument to support anything that you can think of online!

However, do not be so into your favourite YouTuber that you forget that they too can get it wrong and make a mistake on a particular thing.

1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

I am pretty sure that you can find a group of Christians that believe that fornication is right (some argue that if God has confirmed your wife/husband you can do as you wish) however, no one can convince me of this because the Bible is clear that the standard is marriage and that is the standard that I will follow; and the list goes on. Some of the things that we disagree on are truly minor compared to what Jesus is focussed on. It may not say clearly that you should not smoke weed or live with your partner before marriage but, what is good about such things that will bring you (or others) closer to Christ? Will salvations come from such behaviours? Think about the Holy life we have been called to and ask yourself what Jesus would do. If you knew He was coming tomorrow, would you live the way you are living today? I say this in love, for you to live and do better for Christ.

1 Timothy 4:7-10 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.

Romans 14 pretty much sums up what this blog post is about.

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

I hope this encouraged you.

Rosemary x

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