sermon: Differences of Opinion
The breaking of God's law has brought the curses of Deuteronomy 28 onto the offspring of Jacob. Satan champions self-opinion and mob behavior. From the very beginning, God's Church was not immune to division because each member has only part of the truth, seeing through a glass darkly (I Corinthians 13:12). The apostle Paul, no stranger to confronting factions, expresses the desire that the whole body should be "knit together" (as a mended bone) in unity. Each one of God's people needs to resist the carnal tendency to complain or put others down, realizing he lacks the whole picture, being only one interdependent part of the Body of Christ. God's called-out ones are not "islands" unto themselves; God has created them to need and to serve one another. As Paul cautioned the Corinthians, God's people today must not idolize church leaders or champion one personality over another; instead, we must all defer to the mind of Christ. The goal of each child of Light must not be to argue and win—breaking down the personality of a brother, but to connect to the other side, being kindhearted, as in the context of the give and take of family relationships.
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