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Mark 3:25

“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

 

 

 

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For too many years, I have seen this very thing happen over and over and over again.  The main characteristic that defines Christianity from the world is that real Christians love unconditionally.  In two thousand fifteen, I want to see Jesus’ Love abounding among those who call themselves Christians.

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1 Cor. 1:10-13

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

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I Corinthians 3:3

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Loyalty should always be unfettered

and not a chain around our necks.

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Love gives us wings.

Fear has no part in a godly relationship.



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Loyalty to Jesus Christ comes First and is Uncompromised

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Loyalty Should Bring Freedom

Because It’s Governed By Love

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Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

1:10-16 In the great things of religion be of one mind; and where there is not unity of sentiment, still let there be union of affection. Agreement in the greater things should extinguish divisions about the lesser. There will be perfect union in heaven, and the nearer we approach it on earth, the nearer we come to perfection. Paul and Apollos both were faithful ministers of Jesus Christ, and helpers of their faith and joy; but those disposed to be contentious, broke into parties. So liable are the best things to be corrupted, and the gospel and its institutions made engines of discord and contention. Satan has always endeavoured to stir up strife among Christians, as one of his chief devices against the gospel. The apostle left it to other ministers to baptize, while he preached the gospel, as a more useful work.

EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
(12) Now this I say.—Better, What I mean is, that, &c. The following words, “every one of you saith,” show how party-spirit pervaded the whole Christian community. It may be well to mention here briefly what we may consider to have been the distinctive characteristics of the factions which called themselves respectively the party of Paul, of Cephas, of Apollos, and of Christ.
1. ST. PAUL places first that section of the Church which called themselves by his name—thus at the outset showing that it is not for the sole purpose of silencing opponents, or from a jealousy of the influence of other teachers, that he writes so strenuously against the disturbances in the Corinthian community. It is the spirit of separation and of faction which he condemns—rebuking it as strongly when it has led to the undue exaltation of his own name, as when it attempted to depreciate his gifts and ministry as compared with those of Apollos or of Cephas. He thus wins at once the attention and confidence of every candid reader. The Pauline party would no doubt have consisted chiefly of those who were the personal converts of the Apostle. Their esteem for him who had been the means of their conversion, seems to have been carried to excess in the manner in which it displayed itself. This would be increased by the hostility which their opponents’ disparagement of the Apostle naturally excited in them. They allowed St. Paul’s teaching of the liberty wherewith Christ made them free, to develop in them an unchristian license and a mode of treatment of others essentially illiberal, thus denying by their actions the very principles which they professed to hold dear. They “judged” and “set at nought” (Romans 14:10) brethren who could not take so essentially spiritual a view of Christianity, but who still clung to some of the outward forms of Judaism.

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If a Christian feels the Lord is leading him from a certain church to pursue God’s call in his life.  Should we as Christians shun him because he’s no longer attending our church?  If he’s still serving the Lord with all his heart is he an apostate? Are these reasonable questions?  To be a Christian is to be Christ-like.  Is this how Christ is?  Divisions and factions are carnal. What about solid foundational biblical truth? Did Paul say, “If you fellowship with Peter, we can’t be friends?” Did he perhaps say, “If you listen to Apollos preach, you aren’t of God”?  What about “only follow me because I’m Christ’s true apostle? ” Ludicrous?  Yet it’s still happening today. Is Fear and Intimidation Jesus’ modus operandi? “Well, if I’m friends with you, what will others think?  What will my friends think?”  But the important question is, “What will Jesus think?” This is what He thinks:

John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you,  That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Do we throw out the baby with the bath water? What about sound Biblical doctrine?  Do we frustrate the Grace of God?

If you are born again you are my brother or my sister, even if you don’t attend the same church I do.  I believe that there are Christians all over this world.  Don’t you?

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 Who in the world are all these people?

Revelation 7:9

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

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I don’t personally  know multitudes that no man can number, do you?  What if they don’t belong to my church?  Can I fellowship with them and call them “Brother” because the blood of Jesus has washed them and cleansed them from their sins?  Are they Christians?

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On June 16, 1858 more than 1,000 delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. At 5:00 p.m. they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. At 8:00 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title reflects part of the speech’s introduction, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” a concept familiar to Lincoln’s audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke).

Even Lincoln’s friends regarded the speech as too radical for the occasion. His law partner, William H. Herndon, believed Lincoln was morally courageous but politically incorrect. Lincoln read the speech to him before delivering it, referring to the “house divided” language this way: “The proposition is indisputably true … and I will deliver it as written. I want to use some universally known figure, expressed in simple language as universally known, that it may strike home to the minds of men in order to rouse them to the peril of the times.”

The speech created many repercussions, giving Lincoln’s political opponent fresh ammunition. Herndon remarked, “when I saw Senator Douglas making such headway against Mr. Lincoln’s house divided speech I was nettled & irritable, and said to Mr. Lincoln one day this — ‘Mr. Lincoln — why in the world do you not say to Mr. Douglas, when he is making capitol out of your speech,‘Douglas why whine and complain to me because of that speech. I am not the author of it. God is. Go and whine and complain to Him for its revelation, and utterance.’  Mr. Lincoln looked at me one short quizzical moment, and replied ‘I can’t.'”

Reflecting on it several years later, Herndon said the speech did awaken the people, and despite Lincoln’s defeat, the speech made him President. “Through logic inductively seen,” he said, “Lincoln as a statesman, and political philosopher, announced an eternal truth — not only as broad as America, but covers the world.”

Another colleague, Leonard Swett, said the speech defeated Lincoln in the Senate campaign. In 1866 he wrote to Herndon complaining, “Nothing could have been more unfortunate or inappropriate; it was saying first the wrong thing, yet he saw it was an abstract truth, but standing by the speech would ultimately find him in the right place.”

 

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Romans 3:4King James Version (KJV)

 …Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar… 

 

God’s truth will prevail!

His Word will stand FOREVER!

 

 

I love you Brother and Sister in Christ.

 If you don’t know Jesus as the Lord of your life,

I love you too and want to invite you

to be a part of the family.

Just ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins

and invite Him into your heart

to be the Lord of your life.

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