A Church Divided Pt. 2

Yesterday I talked about division, and how our theology and religion isn’t going to lead anyone to Christ if we don’t live the way Christ did. Today I thought I’d talk a little more on the subject and about division in Christian circles, especially in the church.

I’m going to throw out a few verses here (something I’ve never done before) about division.

Titus 3:9 says, “But avoid foolish questions, genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they unprofitable and vain.”

Romans 16:17-18 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.”

Right, so these obviously are about quarrels against theology and doctrine regarding the law. A lot of churches these days are so caught up in their theology that they forget the most important of all: Love. Christians are caught back in the law and can’t see the great grace that Jesus gave on the cross. Jesus defeated the curse of the law when He died, so why are we still holding on to it? Why are we still teaching others the ways of the law. Why are we judging others through the eyes of the law?

There’s division in the church because they still follow the law. The very law that says we should be tithing 10% instead of giving everything to the Lord because He gave everything to us. The very law that looks at a persons outward appearance instead of the inside. And the very law that makes us feel unworthy if we’ve done something wrong. I used to feel very much like that whenever I fell short of it. And guess what? The guilt I felt only caused me to fall away even more!

Christians who judge people by their looks are causing division right there. People who judge others with long hair, tattoos, earrings, or anything else are causing division, not only with others, but with God. Jesus looks at the heart, not the appearance, so I think He’s hurt when we judge others based on our own theology and law. That long hair and tattoos are evil.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to grow long hair or get tattoos myself, but that doesn’t mean they’re evil, I’m just not interested. I’m going to be controversial here, and you may not agree with me, but here goes. Regarding long hair, Paul was talking to the Corinthian church, and at that time, they were judging according to the law. Their theology was that long hair was a sign of homosexuality, so as you can imagine, men with long hair weren’t treated kindly, so they (the Corinthians) were causing division. We look at that verse in Corinthians and we miss everything around it (as we always like to do). It’s funny when each time we take a Scripture out of context, it coincides with what’s deep inside our hearts desires. Anyway, Paul was getting quite angry with them, so he said, “Judge among yourselves!” And he then went on to state the obvious between them. After that, he says, “But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practices, nor have churches of God.”

A contentious person causes strife, argument, or division. They were causing division by the issue of long hair, because their culture was against it! No wonder Paul got angry. Their own law and theology got in the way. God can’t move when there is division. Look at what Paul says next. “But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together, not for the better, but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you, and in part, I believe it.” Oh Lord, help us to see the error of our ways.

The law never made someone feel good. It’s never made someone fall in love with God. If I found Jesus through the law, I would have departed years ago. I would be living in sin. We’re rebellious by nature, so our very will is to rebel against the law. It’s no wonder that you don’t see a lot of Christians in the Old testament. And so we have this wall put in front of us. It separates us. We have the ones who live in grace, and the ones who follow the law. I can tell you which is the happier side.

I’ll talk about grace in another post, but I want to focus on Jesus’ theology. Yes, He had one. What is it? Love. Loving God, your neighbor, and yourself. The three L’s is what one of my favourite pastors, Pastor Bob Beeman, says. By the way, Pastor Bob is a man with long hair, tattoos, earrings, and a goatee, so I don’t think he’s following the law very well 🙂 But he lives in grace, and he’s one of the happiest, nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. And he loves heavy metal!

So, lets stop causing division within the church, ourselves, and others. And start living like Jesus did, in love and in sacrifice. Remember, a church divided against itself can not stand.

God Bless!

If you have any other thoughts please share.

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8 thoughts on “A Church Divided Pt. 2

  1. I am really loving your posts at the moment. Thanks for giving me more insight on heavy metal bands, could you please give me some information on that pastor Bob that you like listening to. Thanks bud. God bless you and talk soon 🔜.

    1. Certainly. Pastor Bob Beeman has a channel on youtube that has nearly a thousand different podcasts and messages. He works within the ministry of Christian metal and has worked with Christian metal bands including Extol, an extreme metal band! He has some of the best teaching I’ve seen in a while, check him out on youtube. He’s been doing it for over forty years now and was once in a Christian metal band himself. If you watch his podcasts on the subject, they’re really eye opening.
      Thanks for commenting mate, and if you have ANY questions regarding music or metal in particular, feel free to ask. I probably won’t be doing another post on metal for a while since a lot of people don’t like, and I don’t want to rave on like I usually do about something I’m passionate about.
      Anyway, thanks for reading mate, and I hope I’ll see you next week.

  2. Haha, no mate, don’t stop, tell people about God, even if some people don’t like it. That doesn’t mean that others won’t want you to stop. And on the plus side, I would love to hear more of your metal post. Do you really think God would want you to stop, I don’t think he would personally. And please don’t think that I am nagging, because in the end 🔚. It’s your decision, I just don’t want you making any hasty decisions so quickly. And again. I think God loves hearing about your metal posts. Remember, I am not raving for you to stop. God loves you man, and so do I. So don’t give up, Jesus didn’t. God bless mate.

    1. Thank you mate, that means a lot. I love talking about music since it’s a huge part of my life, so I definitely will at some point, I just don’t feel led at the moment. I will be doing some more reviews though, of metal AND worship, so look forward to that. Thanks for the warning of doing things hastily, that’s what the Lord has really been teaching me lately, especially with that last post about the horror and metal. Don’t do things in haste, it never ends well! As for the horror, if you’re wondering, I’m beginning to lose interest, though I will always be a reader of Christian horror, I’m really wanting to read some other genres. As a side note, we went to the bookfest today in Ipswich and I found the Courageous movie novel so I will be reading that very shortly. Thanks again for the compliments, I really do appreciate it. And thanks for reading.
      God Bless.

  3. Your very welcome bud, can’t wait to hear the other genres too. God bless, really. Jesus really appreciates the stuff and the posts that you write about. So use that as some inspiration. Talk to you next week mate. God bless you. 😀

  4. Well I have a few things to say concerning your post… (scary music plays in the background)
    As you have mentioned scriptures, so shall I – I Corinthians 1:10, “Now I plead with you, Brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
    I read this for school a few days ago and it sprang to mind as I was reading your post. I think that we should not be judges of others, for that is God’s job. The Word states that we are in this Earth, but not of it, for it is fallen. If you were to wonder what is evil and what is not, search the scriptures, for it is God’s word for our lives. Everything about the way we should live is in there, and it doesn’t take much to open it and knock. …(that was weird…kind of around the wrong way)
    We all have our beliefs, and if we all have DIFFERENT beliefs, it can be dangerous as Luc man was saying. Let us search the scriptures in regards to what we believe – how we should work, what we should learn, what music we should listen to, when to move, and much more!
    That’s all for me, I just wanted to share a little, and compel you to read the scriptures for what you believe. I haven’t been posting lately because I cant really relate to the past few subjects of your blog, sorry but I am still here, and reading.
    CJR Odyssey

    1. Thank you for the comment, CJR Odyssey, and I absolutely agree with you. We need to base our beliefs on the Word of God, and not on doctrine or opinion, which is why I don’t like Bible college (insert gasps here). We indeed do live in a fallen world, and we’re called to be apart from the ways of the world, but to look down on the world isn’t what God called us to do, nor did He call us to throw our opinions on others when we should be sharing the Word instead. That is our final source of authority, and if you’re basing a belief apart from it, you’re doing it wrong 🙂 And that Scripture you used is spot on with what this is all about. We should all share one mind in Christ. Hallelujah! The Bible, or Basic-instruction-before-leaving-earth 🙂 is what we need to base every decision on, including everything you mentioned.
      Thanks for reading CJR Odyssey, it means a lot. God Bless, Lucman out!

  5. Cjr, I do agree with everything that you are saying. I think I should search the scriptures more often. Thanks you for showing me some more insight on my own relationship with God. God bless you Corey, your definitely blessed in a unique way. Talk soon.

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