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Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Today, we will discuss the final two symptoms of a carnal fleshly lifestyle. I saved them for last because I think it is a huge problem in the Church.
Seditions – dichostasia (dee-khos-tas-ee’-ah): disunion, dissension, division
Heresies – hairesis (hah’-ee-res-is): disunion
It is very sad to me that there is so much division in the Church today. I know that it is not pleasing to God. It does not give the Church any credibility to the world either. The dissension is widespread like a deadly disease. It makes us crippled and ineffective. There are a few areas that I want to touch on…
It is almost like high school. You have the popular kids, the junkies, the nerds, the jocks…In the Church we have the Pentecostal, the Baptists, the Methodists….you get the point. It is ridiculous to argue about insignificant things. The most important things we all agree on…
God sent Jesus to earth to die for the sins of man. Jesus lived a sinless life and died an undeserving violent death for our sins. He rose again on the third day and sits at the right hand of the Father. To receive Salvation you must believe what I just said. We all believe that Jesus will be back and we must LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Finally and most importantly we should not only tell others of this so they may be saved we should live our lives as a witness to Gods Great Mercy and Love.
Everything else is up for debate. Who cares? Peace is what we should be striving for…not who is more right. That is pride. That is why the Church is a joke and virtually powerless today. It is very very sad.
Offence. It is another crippling action in the Church. Someone offends another and dissension takes it’s ugly root. Sides are taken. Lines are drawn. More high school. I say GROW UP! Practice mercy and forgive…or you will not be forgiven. Not my words, God’s. It may sound harsh, but it’s the truth and I will not water it down.
There are churches today that suffer great problems. Pastors having affairs and getting divorced, boards, opinions, poor leadership, lack of leadership, uninvolved members, disunion in the leadership and the body, the list goes on…
We must not gossip about these things and have discussions that are unhealthy and not helping these situations. We must pray and PRAY HARD! We must edify and speak life intro these situations and save the judging for God. Because as soon as we start pointing our finger and judging another…look out…judgment will be coming our way.
In closing, the most important thing is to love and forgive. No matter what. We can not, we MUST not have dissension in the Church. We must take back the Church from the enemy and not allow him to make us a bunch of judgmental, hypocritical, ineffective pew warmers. Stand up and make a difference. Let your light shine and shine bright!
Daddy God, please help me to be quick to forgive, and the first to show grace, love and mercy in any and all situations. Convict me strongly when I even think about judging another. And Daddy, show me how I can start making a difference right now. Remind me when I forget. Quicken my spirit to pray when it is needed. Thank you Daddy God. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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