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08/28/2013

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Compromising Unity


"Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul?" (1 Cor.1:13)

If you have read the apostle Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth, (First Corinthians) its not hard to detect that they had a few flaws. It seems like one of the key problems was that of division. This can happen in any church and is the result of a combination of factors. These factors may not always be obvious. As we look at today's verse we can see one of those problems rearing its ugly head. It seems like they were smitten with the prestige applied to a person of note. They wanted to be Christians that could be associated with a famous person like Paul, Apollos, or Cephas. Now don't get me wrong here. I am proud to be associated with good Christian people, and have told many of them about the minister who baptized me. I have a pride in that because he was such a good man, but that does not make me more special than any other Christian. If I thought I was better because of who baptized me, it would likely cause division among the members. Unity within the church would be compromised. There is a sense in which the unity of a church is not a goal to be attained, but a fact to be recognized. Don't misinterpret me here... I believe that unity is like perfection. Though we can't reach it, striving toward it is an absolute necessity. Simply put, the church should be one common body of believers, trying to attain the same goals. A Christian must seek the truth and faithfully teach it to others. They are to practice a way of life that springs from these truths and cling to it. When the church at Corinth had unity problems, they got a letter from Paul. We cannot compromise or minimize unity...

Have a wonderful day. Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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