The devil has been enjoying his tactics of divide and conquer in the church Jesus established. People who are divided from their brothers and sisters can’t even offer a legitimate reason for their separation. They just know it “feels” right to avoid other members of the Body Jesus put them in. Some division is commendable. Paul warns us to avoid people who preach doctrine that is contrary to the Bible. I don’t think Paul was referring to the ignorant. He was talking about the blatant ones who have man-made doctrine. God has given us all one thing that will lead us to unity.
Till we all come in the unity of the FAITH and knowledge of Jesus.
We will never agree on doctrine, but we can all agree on faith we have in Jesus. If any man believes Jesus became a man and died for our sins, he is my brother. Pope Francis has just declared the Catholic Church has now accepted Martin Luther’s revelation of grace. Catholic’s will no longer believe in salvation by works, they will be saved by their faith in God’s grace. I don’t believe in any of the Catholic doctrine, but they are my brothers and sisters. They will be pleasantly surprised when they find out there was never a purgatory.
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit speaks clearly that in the last days many will depart from the faith, giving heed to doctrines of devils.
The doctrines that have caused divisions was authored by the devil. What did we do? Wrestled with flesh and blood! The doctrine that causes division comes from the devil and we let him have his way among us. Some folks won’t have anything to do with you unless you believe like they do. People in our camp have been that way. If you don’t speak in tongues you’re a second class Christian. Yes, we should embrace all the Scriptures in the Bible, but don’t shun those who believe otherwise.
1 Corinthians 14:26
When you come together, everyone of you has a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue or a revelation, let all things be done unto edifying.
How can we come together if we are divided by some doctrine we don’t agree on? You have some revelation that I need and I have revelation you need. A body cannot fully function unless all its members are doing what they’re supposed to do. We let the devil bring impotence to the body of Christ. I’m just as guilty as the next guy and now that I’m aware of myself, I can begin to make adjustments. If Jesus is your Savior, we are kin folk.
Doctrines of devils are published by ignorant men who are full of pride. Doctrines of devils can be identified easily because they are divisive, they are meant for a select handful. The people who hold to such doctrine are generally pretty nice folks, but they are dedicated to believing their pet doctrine. If you have doctrine that causes division you would be well-served to discard it. If you agree with Christ, then it doesn’t matter who opposes you. If they don’t agree with Christ they will oppose sound doctrine. They then choose the division.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.