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A news story from Wales told of a feud in a church looking for a new pastor. It read:


"Yesterday the two opposition groups both sent ministers to the pulpit. Both spoke simultaneously, each trying to shout above the others. Both called for hymns, and the congregation sang two--each trying to drown out the other. Then the groups started shouting at each other. Bibles were raised in anger. The Sunday morning service turned into a bedlam. Through it all, the two preachers continued trying to out shout each other with their sermons.


Eventually a deacon called a policeman. Two came in and began shouting for the congregation to be quiet. They advised the forty persons in the church to return home. The rivals filed out, still arguing.


Last night one of the groups called a let's-be-friends meeting. It broke up in argument."


The story could have been headlined, "Two Factions in One Fellowship." This story may be amusing, but it is also tragic. God hates this kind of discord among Christians.

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