Divisions – My Gospel
(i) Christianity will only have “no” divisions if we all “speak the same thing” (or doctrine) as revealed to apostle Paul in the New Testament as it is without adding/removing anything from Holy Scripture
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
(ii) Some argue shallowly that since Scripture didn’t exist in all early churches, thus not all churches or believers might have followed these New Testament Rules & Exegesis found in his inspired writings.
This is a lie used as an excuse to those who wish “not” to obey ‘New Testament Scripture’ (i.e. such practice “lawlessness” against the rules of Scripture including the traditions written in the Bible such as ‘men shall not have long hair’ to ‘woman are not permitted to have authority over man’).
Where is the proof verse which settles the fact that though Scripture didn’t exist in this form when apostle Paul wrote it, but nevertheless “all churches of God practiced these same practices or Customs which Paul wrote”? Here is that verse:
“If anyone intends to quarrel about this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.” (1 Corinthians 11:16)
(iii) How might this be?
The “same anointing” which apostle Paul had was upon ‘all true leaders’ of the earliest church and thus they ‘spoke & taught these same doctrines’ as Paul agreeing with 1 Corinthians 11:16 earlier too. Here is another verse proving that such an anointing exists upon anyone who teaches the “same” doctrines as written in the New Testament:
“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” (1 John 2:27)
(iv) God has the “same” One Rule for the earliest churches & churches today. He does “not” have one rule for the Corinthian church or churches the past & a different rule according to the world as so erroneously accepted today (which is clearly a type of “lawlessness”):
“for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
An example of such a rule which should be followed by all churches to “avoid the confusion God is not the Author of” is the ‘next verse’; that is, right after saying the above apostle Paul pens this rule for all Gentile churches:
“The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.
If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.
Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only?” (1 Corinthians 14:34 – 36)
(v) The New Testament Rules and laws for doctrine are not Paul’s opinions but rather the “Lord’s Commandments” (which cannot be changed nor challenged by any man):
“If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)
(vi) If anyone does “not” recognize these writings of doctrine as revealed to apostle Paul, he will be ignored or not recognized either:
“But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.” (1 Corinthians 14:38)
Law & order is important to “avoid lawlessness”:
“But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)
(vii) God has already declared that He will Judge the world according to “Paul’s Gospel” (the phrase “my Gospel” in verse below means this):
“in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.” (Romans 2:15 – 16)
(viii) Alterations, changes or suggestions of any man to change this Gospel as it was delivered to Paul is “not” allowed:
“For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.” (Galatians 1:11)
(ix) We are supposed to follow all these “traditions” which are “written in Scripture” too (not the false traditions which men have made but not found written in the Bible):
“So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
(x) By observing these “Biblical traditions” we “follow (or imitate) Christ” and vice versa as it is written:
“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 – 2)
(xi) By practicing “lawlessness” against any part of New Testament verses, laws, Commandments or Doctrine, we may find ourselves “denied on that Great Day” despite our ‘great ministries for Christ’ by ‘casting out demons’, ‘prophesying’ or ‘other great works or miracles too’ as this verse reveals:
““Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” – KING Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:22 – 23)
Let us strive to be the church God intended by obeying all verses in the New Testament in accordance to the Will of God.
The reason God ‘allows men to be bound in disobedience’ is because “He can have Mercy on whom He Wills’ & None is ever saved by good works nor by ministry and more so when it is not in accordance to revealed Scripture:
“What then shall we say? Is there injustice with God? Never may it be! For He says to Moses:
“I will show mercy to whom I may show mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I may have compassion.” (Romans 9:14 – 15)
“For God has bound up all in disobedience, that He may show mercy to all.” (Romans 11:32)
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world that He might shame the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world that He might shame the strong; and the low-born of the world, and the things being despised, God also chose—the things not being—that He might annul the things being, so that all flesh may not boast before God.” (1 Corinthians 1:27 -29)
Blessed be His Holy Name