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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Disunity--Teachers and Followers

Here are two of the major causes of disunity.

They are:

1) Teachers
2) Followers of the teachers.

The Bible speaks to followers clearly in 1 Corinthians 1, 3, and 11.

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:10-12

“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

“In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval.” 1 Corinthians 11:18, 19

There is no evidence that the teachers disagreed at all in anything. Their teachers were Peter, Apollos, and Paul. It was wrong to have loyalty to the best of teachers. Even those who said they were followers of Christ were saying it in a superior way. The followers were at fault. If you have loyalty to a teacher you are a major cause of disunity.

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