Here's the text:* CoC/SOF = Church of Christ / Sign Out Front (those congregations that have a sign out front proclaiming "Church of Christ".
10I 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. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Verse 12 What I mean is that each one of you says,
"I follow Paul," or
"I follow Apollos," or
"I follow Cephas," or
"I follow Christ."
13 Is Christ divided? <>End Text
Look at the last group "I follow Christ" Now that sounds good and
that is exactly what the CoC/SOF* was doing . . EXACTLY!
Well in context Paul corrects them, those that say "I follow Christ"
just as much as he condemns the others.
It is WRONG to be divisive. (.) period PERIOD!
It is wrong for "US" in the CoC/SOF to say we are Christ's church therefore we are the only saved.
That is un scriptual and it is arrogant and it is divisive!
Paul wrote the church at Galatia and plainly said who among would NOT enter the Kingdom of God!
Now one would think Hey this is an important text! Let's test ourselves.
Here it is: Galatians 5
18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Why it list those that cause DIVISION!
Even if they claim they follow Christ?
I Corinthians 1 certainly makes that abundantly clear to me!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Dividing by claiming to be "of Christ"
H. Clay M writes concerning 1 Cor 1:10-17: