Wednesday, September 12, 2018
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
Seditions are dissensions, division and disunion. Strife leads to sedition. In many churches, it is common to see deep-seated disagreements. Doctrinal differences and individual preferences make people take entrenched positions in their hearts and minds. Confused members sow seeds of discord in the assembly that make it difficult for pastors to lead the Church in one direction. Church splits are more common in this generation than in any other.
It is interesting to note that even when it comes to the preaching of the Gospel and doctrinal issues, believers allow the flesh to take over their lives to the extent that such vicious disagreements exist. Apostle Paul revealed a grim scenario in his days where some indeed preached the Gospel just to add pain to his bonds. This is very common in our time. A preacher can sometimes devote all his energies at attacking another preacher instead of focusing on the gospel. Matured and spiritual as Paul was, he was not perturbed by the motives of these carnal preachers. For him, the most important thing was that the gospel was preached anyway (Philippians 1:15-18).
Believers must not allow sharp divisions along personality preferences in the church, doctrinal differences and our personal biases to divide us so sharply to the destruction of the Body. Apostle Paul rebuked the Corinthian Church and its carnality when they made preferences between himself and Apollos (1 Corinthians 3:1-8).
1. Pray against the spirit of seditions, vicious disagreements and general disunity in the Body of Christ in Ghana.
2. Pray also that doctrinal differences will not divide the Body of Christ in Ghana.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)