The controversy of sin is not that we are sinners, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is how badly we are sinners. The controversy of sin is not that God hates sin, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is what God has done about sin. Remember, God has already revealed himself from heaven to the whole world… For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be Continue reading
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Please consider these truths from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ… For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. (AMP John 3:17) Please meditate about why God the Father sent Jesus Christ into the world. Are you working for Jesus Christ by helping save the world through Him? Or, Continue reading
Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20-21) But most Christians have not answered that prayer. They have splintered into thousands of groups, sects, divisions, schisms, churches, and denominations. They have institutionalized their differences and Continue reading
After giving one of the most beautiful greetings of thanksgiving for the church of God in Corinth, the Apostle Paul was forced to address the first of many problems: schisms. This seems to be a common problem among mankind because it is just as prevalent now as it was then. Paul criticizes the sin of schisma (cleft, rent, division of opinion, dissension) and appeals for them to strive for the opposite, using the word katartízō (repair, mend, restore).
Throughout history, religious persecution and violence have been common. Millions and millions of people have been tortured and killed in the name of religion. This is sad and a shame on the name of religion. It’s going to get much worse as we approach the end-times. But, there must not be a hint of hatred and betrayal among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.
The Apostle Paul wanted believers to be “filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” If your fellowship is filled with this kind of gentle instruction, then thank the Lord for his many blessings. But, if your fellowship is filled with “foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights,” that is not what God wants. If you cannot “gently instruct those who oppose the truth,” then maybe it’s time to “have nothing more to do with them.”
Christians know we are supposed to love one another. Christians know we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. The world will know we are Jesus Christ’s disciples by our love for each other. But, in an excuse to avoid doing what we know we should do, it’s easy to ask, “Who is my brother?”
Never before in the history of mankind has there been more diversity in the body of Christ, which gives more opportunity for disharmony, distrust, disunity, and even outright hatred. If you think the early church suffered persecution, if you think the protestant reformation suffered persecution, if you think the Jesus grace movement suffered persecution, you haven’t seen anything yet. When will Christian’s learn to fulfill the first commandment?