1. Division In The Church - Introduction
Unity of the Church is one of her greatest strengths. However, in the past century, the church of America has, to this believer's eyes, become more and more opinionated and divided. In the pretext of purity brothers in Christ are leaving the war against sin to do battle with each other.
Differences which Paul referred to as beliefs of conscience in the early church are now seen as doctrinal standards under which men of God rally to oppose each other.
I Cor. 10:29 - 30 "Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that which I give thanks?"
The reason for this study is a desire to know and share with others how the statements and doctrines of today stand up to the light of the scriptures.
Are they truly founded on God's Word and if so are they doctrinal issues which must be adhered to in order for the Church to grow spiritually, or are they the deeds of conscience made law?
My prayer as I begin this study is to leave all malice at the throne of God and view articles of opposing faiths solely on their scriptural authority. My main desire is to see Christ glorified and His name lifted up. Any opinions or discussion of the topics covered in these chapters is welcomed by the author.*