Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Can't we all just get along?

I appeal to you, brothers,by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment (1 Cor 1:10).  It almost sounds like Paul is saying in this passage to forget all our doctrinal differences for the sake of unity.  What do you think?

Actually just the opposite is true.  A recurrent theme throughout Paul's epistles is stand, stand fast, be steadfast, unmovable.  The apostle admonished the Corinthians again and again about their unsound doctrine and conduct.  In fact, he advised the assembly to separate from one of their own because of immoral behavior (1 Cor 5:1-7).

It seems to me that in 1 Corinthians 1:10 that Paul was counseling those who had departed from sound teaching to have a change of heart, mind, and direction.  They were the ones who were disrupting the Lord's work; therefore, he instructs these troublemakers to straighten up and fly right.  They were to turn from the error of their way so that the assembly could again be of "the same mind and the same judgment."

We are to maintain oneness with fellow believers, but not at the expense of the truth.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them (Rom 16:17).

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