Let There Be Division

There is a lot of talk about unity –amongst those outside the church, and surprisingly, within it. I say “surprisingly” because the church should be being very careful about who she unifies with, yet… she is NOT being careful.

Yes, we see in John 17:20-23 that Jesus did pray for the unity of those who would believe on Him and follow Him. But look at the reason He gives: “…so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (v. 21) Is that what is being done by the unifications we often observe? No. People are believing less. We know they are because, no matter what they say or claim to believe, their actions — disobedient to the Word of God– show they deny Him (Titus 1:16); “–having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5) –“His divine power [which] has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)

Compare modern (spiritual) unification talks with what God says in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” How are we to have unity if we are to separate from them? And WHO are we to separate from? Just the world? Certainly we already know that! For as 2 Cor. 6:14 says in this same context, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” And “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.” (v. 16) So it is already obvious that we are not to have friendship with the world. For “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” And the beginning of that verse calls such a person “adulterous”, which means spiritually –against God.

So who else are we to separate from? Well, Ps. 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of scoffers.” So we see we are to separate from these types also. For “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33)

What about when our own family members (immediate family or church family) try to corrupt us, maybe by speaking of things that the Holy Spirit in us knows is shameful to speak of? (Eph. 5:12) –Or involving us in any “unwholesome talk” (Eph. 5:29), or slander, or “pollution of the world” (James 1:27)? –Or maybe when they deflate our evangelistic zeal, or when they just ever so slightly sneer at our enthusiasm in serving Jesus or talking about Him and His Word? Whatever the case may be, we are to remember Jesus’ words in Mark 3:35, “Whoever does God’s will is My brother and sister and mother.”

In Luke 12:51 Jesus says, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” So if Jesus prays for unity amongst His followers, why would He also have come to bring division? Simply because those in the Truth He wants unified, but those outside the Truth, He will divide His flock from. He will divide the sheep and the goats at the Judgment (Matt. 25:31-33), but for now, we are to divide ourselves from the goats –and all those who want to frolic with the goats.

In verse 52 of Luke 12 Jesus continues, “From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.” And in verse 53 He names the different family relationships that will be divided. In other words, all types.

Micah 7:6 says, “For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.” Truly, this is a sad thing; but, it is inevitable. Why? Because God’s way is narrow (Matt. 7:14) and those who like to be their own ruler, despise that fact. They want the way to be broad so as to make room for any and all sin that they want to indulge in. Consequently, they hate having salt rubbed into their pollution, just as they hate having the light shone on their evil deeds. (John 3:20) As Jesus tells His followers in Matt. 5:13,14, we are the salt and light of the world. And because we are, we then are both a fragrance and a stench. “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” (2 Cor. 2:15)

Therefore, to those who along with us, also bow their knee to, and love and obey the sovereign Ruler of the universe… having believed in what Christ Jesus did to ransom us… and who walk in the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, we will have sweet, pure, loving unity. But for any outside the family, for any trying to deviate off the narrow road, for any who by their sin or false doctrine do not conform to the one true and only narrow Gospel, Titus 3:10 says to have nothing to do with such people, and 2 John 1:10 tells us not even to welcome them.

Thus the division. So, be very careful about who you attempt unity with.

with love,


~ by smilesback on December 13, 2009.

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