1 Corinthians 12:18-19 First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it. But, of course, there MUST be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!
As I listened to Pastor Alester Begg this week on this topic it all started to make sense about why we have so many churches that are full of compromise. Verse 19 says so that those who have God’s approval will be recognized!! Amazing. I kept wondering why the Lord would have our family go threw so much heart ache. It’s all part of His perfect plan. For those of us who speak out against heresy and get push back from it have been approved by God! He wants us to be recognized. Because we are the true salt and light.
There are times in the church when we are just being picky and we get annoyed with small things that have nothing to do with sound doctrine. It could be how people dress (and yes there is a standard for this also) or the church building and it’s color schemes, it could even be people’s personalities and likes and dislikes. These things should never divide a church. Christians are to bare with one another in love and genteelness. (Notice I didn’t say music style. I truly believe that some churches have made worship music and idol. So I think you have to be discerning about how true worship music is suppose to be). Paul warns us about these divisions and they should never be a reason to leave a church.
Heresy on the other hand is a reason to leave a church. Heresy has to do with true Godly Doctrine. The Lord will allow heresy from time to time to make the distinction between truth and era. The Lord wants us to be reading our Bibles and testing everything according to God’s Word the Bible. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Acts 20:27 Paul says, “27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” In Acts 20:26-31 The Apostle Paul knew he was not going to see the elders of that church again. He says, “I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know. So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd Gods’ flock-his church, purchased with his own blood-over which the Holy spirit has appointed you as elders. I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. WATCH OUT!
So not only are hypocrites brought to light but the sincerity of the faithful are approved. Some have been making a show in pretending to be good men on the other hand it enables those to give clear evidence of their stead fastness and sincerity.
The differences should not crush you or bring you down but these differences should show your steadfastness. By those differences, the truth will be made clear.
We are very foolish to think that to what Paul speaks about is not relevant for today. When these heresies are shown it will be to prove those of us who are approved by God.
Just because you attend a church and you have a pastor this does not mean you will be in Heaven. If your pastor does not teach the whole counsel of God they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are not true believers. And you should not sit under their counsel. They are only looking to getting a following so that they can lead many astray from truth. These men and women are enemies of God. They are selfish and self serving. They are of this world. They do not care about you. Flee my dear brothers and sisters. Repent and turn to the truth. If you don’t I declare you will be left behind. Hell is not a place God wishes anyone to go, but if you can’t sand up for what is right you are not approved by God.