Posted by: the warrioress | January 15, 2012

A House Divided II

There is no reason for discord or each going his or her own way within the body of Christ. Due to instructions that were clearly given to each one of us through the word of God, we have our commission.

St Matthew the Evangelist

Saint Matthew Evangelist

These instructions are timeless. They were given to us via Jesus Christ Himself. They were backed up by Paul’s words and by the actions of the apostles. If we are following in Christ’s disciple’s footsteps, if we are being faithful to what we committed ourselves to, our commission is carefully and clearly set before us through out the entirety of the New Testament. There is time for little else at this late hour.

There is most definitely no time for argument and bickering over doctrine, dogma, and the like between Christian brethren. There is no time for one-upmanship, self-righteousness, self-promotion, ego, or trivialities that takes us away from our purpose in Christ. As followers of Jesus Christ, we all have diverse gifts given to us by God, with which to bless and build up the body of Christ, but we were all called to evangelize the nations.

See if you don’t agree with our purpose after reading through a few examples below. You’ll see how clearly and thoroughly this was repeated in different ways, again and again.


The Great Commission

16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ina the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 16-20 

1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:

2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4: 1-8

17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”  21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. Acts 5: 17 -21

 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5: 41 – 42

The Supremacy of the Son of God

 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[g] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1: 15-23

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  2. What my itching ears wish to hear
    is a multitude of angels singing,
    “Behold! The Lord God is near!,”
    When Heaven’s bells be ringing –

    I listen. 🙂

    Great choices of scripture today, Miss Warrioress!
    Thank you! I can’t be reminded enough. Peace…

  3. He never asked us to argue…well said, Warrioress.

  4. ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season…’ Amen

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  6. What a blessing to read this Adrienne! 🙂 I missed lots of your daily posts (due to my ongoing review) so I’m still catching up with the rest 😀 Keep up the fire and faith my friend! Hugs, Joyce

  7. Warrioress:

    The scriptures you quote are very clear, in that they urge Christ’s followers to go out and preach “sound doctrine”. Once again, I don’t think there are many Christians out there that would necessarily disagree.

    The big question, though, is what this “sound doctrine” actually is? What, exactly, should Christ’s followers be preaching? What stance should they take on the death penalty, homosexuality, abortion, the role of women in the church, etc? It’s on these nitty-gritty details that many Christians disagree. If the Bible were crystal clear on these issues, then there wouldn’t be any disagreement.

    And of course there is also the enormous problem that most of the world’s religious people are not Christian, and think that an *entirely* different message – one that doesn’t even include Jesus – should be preached. How should the religious community of the world go about finding the truth? They can’t all be right (although they may all be wrong!)

  8. Thanks, Tree! So good to be keeping up with you again. I lost your blog when I first got here because I didn’t know how to properly follow someone or I was clicking the wrong button or something. Anyway, I found you again! I appreciate you coming on by.

  9. Thanks, LeRoy. Appreciate your thoughts.

  10. 🙂 Thanks Dave Wells for stopping by.

  11. Thanks for the tweet!

  12. Thanks so much, Joyce (hugging back) So glad you stopped by again.

  13. I think Christ’s followers are to take a compassionate but firm stance on the bible. We can’t reject the bible’s take on something but we have to be able to be discerning about how Jesus Christ handled such matters and how His gift of salvation changes things for those who accept it.

    God hates sin because sin hurts us, for example. He doesn’t want to be mean to us; He corrects us because He cares about us. It’s the same with Christians one to another.

    Some Christians keep to the letter of the law, forgetting that we’re all sinners, except for the grace of God and the salvation of Jesus Christ. We’re each on a particular spiritual journey moving along at our own pace. Revelation comes to each one of us at the pace God wishes it to when we’ve turned our lives over to Him.

    I think the disagreements between Christians aren’t anything really major, because we pretty much all agree on the basics, thank goodness.

    I don’t know how the religious community of the world will find the answer. I believe that the gospel will be preached to the entire world and then the end will come. Hopefully, those who hear it will receive it before Jesus returns.

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  15. thank you!
    It is certainly time for us to unite as Yeshua united all things on heaven and on earth.
    “Be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3
    I say “Yes, my Adonai, let it be done on earth as it is in heaven now!

  16. Thank you!

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