Summary: In this church age, when we are supposed to be adding and multiplying, we are subtracting and dividing.

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Dividing Over Debatables

Romans 14:1-6

Sad Math: In this church age, when we are supposed to be adding and multiplying, we are subtracting and dividing. Disharmony among God’s people is at epidemic levels. We may have great unity at GBC, but most places are not so, and Satan has a plan to end it here as well. And this problem goes far beyond the local church. The bride of Christ, His Church, is made up of all believers everywhere. But we are disjointed and disconnected from one another. Sad.

Denominationalism is everywhere. And Baptists, which don’t consider themselves as part of a denomination, might as well be, and they split like none other. The world sees it, is confused, and the devil is happy.

This problem is not new. It is all thru your Bible, and church history A.D.

1 Corinthians 1:11-12

11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:13

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Galatians 5:15

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Philippians 4:1-2

1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

Paul had the church read this letter publicly. Awkward!

Imagine if each week we stood and read lists such as:

Ushers/nursery workers who didn’t show up.

This week’s gossips.

Those behind a few weeks on tithe!

This age old problem is still with us today. We divide, and not over doctrine, but over debatables...gray areas. Things which the Scriptures aren’t dogmatic about.

v. 2 Eating meat was a debatable back then. It was likely offered to idols, and so was discounted [since idols don’t know, being dead and all]. Most of these folks were saved out of paganism.

Observing the Sabbath was another of their issues. Some continued that OT tradition and some believed Christ ended it.

v. 5 Sabbath.

ill.--The Civil War was the bloodiest in US history. And civil war is what Satan wants to initiate in the church.

When the world sees in-fighting, they laugh us off. We give them excuse not to believe.

Here’s topics of my lifetime:

Facial hair on men, striped or colored dress shirts, pants on women, going to a restaurant that has a bar, or a gas station which sells alcohol or cigarettes, hair blocked or tapered in the back, parting hair in the middle, going to a G rated movie, wearing your hat backwards, playing dominoes or cards, owning a TV, eating in a restaurant on Sunday, color of new carpet, hymns or choruses, pews or chairs, hold a microphone or put it on a stand. God help us!

I’ve been rejected by others for what version of the Bible I use or whether we would use a soundtrack in church.

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