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The Church: Division

Why was there DIVISION in the Church of Corinthians? Apostle Paul was chosen by God to plant the seed of the gospel into the hearts of the people. Apollos was to help the believers grow stronger in FAITH. But why did the Church divide? You see, when you take matters into your own hands and start lifting up people or the founder of the Church, it will truly cause DIVISION. Why? After the Apostle’s work is completed, God is the one who will continue to make Christians grow. But we must NEVER make those Apostles who were chosen by God a SUBSTITUTE FOR CHRIST. As a result the Church will stay DIVIDED, and a Church that CANNOT STAND TOGETHER will eventually FALL. Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall” (Luke 11:17). We should NEVER desire to receive the glory that belongs to God.

What, after all, is Apollo’s? And what is Paul? only servants, through whom you came to believe, as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants or he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9). Do not seek praise from people, instead seek approval from God. All that we learn from the preaching of the apostles should be the content of the message, but not to patronize the messenger.

Do you have a vision? On what foundation are you building your vision? The Bible says, “No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). Are you building on wealth, success or fame? There is only one sure way to destroy a building, and that is, to build it on a shaky foundation. What about your life? On what foundation are you building your life? Apostle Paul talks about the “quality of each man’s work.” Paul further explains that if the man’s work is tested by fire, or If the work is burned up,” What did Paul mean by if the work is burned up? He meant that “unfaithful workers,” will lose all that they have accomplished. But good work shall be rewarded by Christ. The sure foundation of Jesus Christ is the only way to build your life.

There are many Mega Churches today that are falling down and divided. Why? They are following the same pattern of principles that the early Church of Corinthians were following. Instead of following Christ, the leaders are following their own agenda and principles. Many of the churches members are becoming attached to their leaders, and not attached to the one who grows the church, which is Jesus Christ. As a result of this “follow the leader,” syndrome, many church members are becoming leaders themselves, following the same pattern of leadership, stagnant in their “so-called,” walk with Christ; some are not actually walking with Christ, but spiritually attached to their leaders. God has given each individual a task to complete in this earthly realm, however, if we give up the task and/or vision given by God to play, “follow the leader,” we will never reach our true purpose.

Our true purpose is to spread the gospel of Christ, through whatever gift/talent that God has given you to spread His gospel. But lately there has been a focus in the church on “leadership,” instead of focusing on the message of Christ. The members want to know who is going to lead my church home? Apostle Paul warned the church of Corinthians about following men: When the churches primary focus is on “leadership,” and not on the message of Christ, this leads the church away from Christ, into using their own wisdom. Apostle Paul said, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise are futile.” “So then, no more boasting about men.” (1 Corinthians 3:20-21).

So then men are to regard us as “servants of Christ,” and as those entrusted with the secret things of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). We must do what God tells us to do through the Holy Spirit, not through man’s so-called, wise leadership. Paul warns that we must confront those who are sinning, but we must not be judgmental, for only God knows the heart, and who is the better servant for Christ. Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time, wait til the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness, and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God (1 Corinthians 4:5). Apostle Paul said, “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me (1 Corinthians 4:3-4).

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