TRUE AND FALSE DIVISION
“How many times have you heard that somebody was “causing division in the church?” Well, maybe they were supposed to! After all, there are two things that cause division according to the Bible: truth and error. (I can just see now all the eyebrows raising.) Haven’t you heard the scripture, “Do you suppose I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, rather division!” That’s right! Jesus said that “from now on five members in one household will be divided three against two, and two against three” (Luke 12:51-52). He said that whole families would be divided over Him. And there are many occasions in the New Testament when whole assemblies of people were divided because of Jesus (John 7:43, 9:16, 10:19, Acts 23:6-7). You must remember people who love the truth will divide from people who love lies. Now the Bible does warn us about those who would enter into our midst and cause divisions and factions (Matt. 12:25, Rom. 16:17, 1Tim. 6:3-5, 2Tim. 2:14, 2John 10). And yes, it has always been the devil’s strategy to “divide and conquer.” But these divisions are obviously based on error, lies, and usually come from bitter and evil motives (Titus 3:10). Division that comes from the proclaiming of the truth will usually include some intense reaction and opposition, but it will also produce good fruit and the advancement of God’s kingdom (not to mention the conversion of souls.) What Bible story is there, old testament or new, where the doing of righteousness or the preaching of the gospel does not divide men and separate them into two very distinct categories: those who are willing to turn and obey God, and those who actually turn on the messenger, because he violently disturbs their false (and usually religious) peace? And today, when there are so many who are professing religion, is it any wonder that some of the deepest truths** in the Bible – repentance, faith, holiness, etc. – are also some of the greatest objects of debate in the Church. It must be said that those who truly want to know God’s views on these great pillars** of Christian doctrine**, will appear to be divisive – and rightly so, in an age when the great gospel message of salvation can be reduced to such a sugar-coated, bakery-item as, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” (Keith Green*).
* I do not support all of Keith Green’s teachings. I am currently testing his other teachings on the Bible and other important topics, which are concerning, which he may have written at a later date.
** Please note, there are no truths in the Bible that are deeper than others, or ‘greater pillars’. There is no such thing as essential and non-essential doctrine from God, or some truths that are full truths and others that are half truths. If it is from God, from His mouth, it’s all truth, all deep, and all a great pillar! “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). “The scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18).