And Still They Rise – Part 2

Conflict in the church is nothing new; it has existed from the church’s earliest days.

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Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

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There is still more to be said about the conflict and division that has arisen in the church over the ages, and still continues to arise today.  Let me be plain.  There are great churches in the earth today; churches that are yielded to the authority of the Word of God and submit themselves to the oversight and supervision of Holy Spirit.  Some of these churches exist within the boundaries of certain denominations, so my comments here are not intended to attack denominations.  Some of these churches exist outside the boundaries of denominations, but my remarks are in no way intended to exalt non-denominational churches.  Once again, I assert that the devil is not the problem.

Neither are doctrinal differences.  On the surface, it would appear that doctrinal differences are major contributors to church conflict and division, but in reality, they are not.  The true cause is the pride of church leaders, or would-be-leaders, who arrogantly and pridefully exalt their limited thinking above the limitless thinking of the Lord.  Yes, this has happened, and continues to happen in the church, and yes, when it happens, a segment or group from a congregation or already existing denomination departs the church, often to begin their own work.  But is was NOT the doctrinal difference(s) that caused it, but the pride of those who exalted their thinking above God’s.

Still, the Word of God stands true.  Jesus is coming for a church that has come to a place the Scriptures call “the unity of the faith.”  Yes, we still have divisions, differences of opinion, and yes, it still arises from the pride of man, but in the end, we WILL come to the unity of the faith.  And yes, the church WILL become a body of believers without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  The Scriptures have declared it.  But still, yes, right now, there are those who would argue with such a position.  Once again, it is an issue of man’s pride, placing his thinking above the Lord’s.  I don’t know precisely HOW “unity of the faith” and a “glorious church” will come about, but God has said it would, and it shall.  It’s up to you and me, my friend.  Will we be of those who exalt our own thinking above the thinking of God, holding to our pride and arrogance above being humbled under that mighty hand of God?  I choose to NOT be so.  By holding fast to the truth of God’s Word, we may not find ourselves exalted in any measure by man, but we SHALL be exalted by God.  Once again, He has said it would be, and if God said it, that settles it.

Manna for Today – Acts 6:1-7; Matthew 16:13-20; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 5:3;              John 14:15-17; Proverbs 16:18; Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 5:27