Did Paul Really Say and Mean That . . .

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. I Cor. 1:10 NIV.  Yep he did. And despite what the masters of Church Doctrine and denominations have tried to sell us, that Paul really didn’t expect such agreement, knowing the frailties of men and our desire for individualism and liberty of thought, that we could just politely agree to disagree about the teachings of Christ and carry on without doing serious damage to the Body of Christ. Wrong as both Jesus and James have emphasized elsewhere.  It is our fallen nature that Satan has exploited by dividing to conquer us. He knew this was the one thing we could never get right, unity.

We are all born rebels, nurtured in an enviroment  of selfish desires and individual achievements, so the more we disagree the more we have opportunity to excel among our peers, and we thus invent issues rather than solutions.  You need but look at the political condition of America to see that, which also reveals itself in our Churches of many denominations, practices and interpretations. We refuse to die to ourselves, and as Paul says he’d have “to speak to us as little children”.  The trouble is always that we want the other guy “to die first”.  In the end it won’t matter if we fail to agree, it will matter if we didn’t try. As Peter says, “be at peace with all men so far as it depends on you”.


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3 Responses to Did Paul Really Say and Mean That . . .

  1. Pastor Dave says:

    I tottaly agree. Ever since we as sinners moved to remove God from our daily lives and teachings we have done nothing but decline in our Spiritual and Moral standards. This will only continue until such time we turn back to God and ask for forgivness and let him lead the pack. This in the only way that we will ever get back under One God, One Nation. The sooner the better. But it seems as we do to spread the Gospel we are confronted with deaf ears and minds about what the Bible says clearly we will be pursecuted as we speak the truth and set ourselfs apart from the world to Speak in Jesus Name. Be prepared my Christian brothers the battle is the Lords, Let us fight till the lord cometh back for us. Amen.

  2. Jeff says:

    Great post Greg. I’m surprised no one else has offered any input thus far. Is “perfect unity” in mind and thought (as Paul states) obtainable anymore? I’ve read recently where the Episcopalian Church is in a steady decline with many heretical doctrines being entered into their teachings through their “higher-ups.” Should we entertain an ecumenical mindset with such ones for the sake of unity without compromising the core values (and Biblical teachings) that American Christianity has tried to keep sacred?

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