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Bill

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Sep 30, 2009
 
Paul instructs that an individual who exhibits the schismatic spirit should be rejected after having been given at least two admonitory warnings. He declares that one who will not heed and insists upon fragmenting the saints has turned aside from the real purpose of our calling, and persists in sinning, even while his very attitude is self-condemnatory (Titus 3:10,11)

One is not factional merely because he does not agree with the status quo. It is not sinful to entertain and even cherish an opinion which runs counter to the orthodox position. It is not wrong to express one's opinion to others in the proper spirit. None of this is schismatical or heretical. It only becomes so when one solicits adherents to his view for the purpose of building up a party to propagate and defend it, thus causing a cleavage among the saints.

When one regards the party with which he is affiliated as containing all of God's children to the exclusion of all others, he is sectarian.

When a man sets out to gather a clan or clique composed of those who would separate themselves in order to preserve and perpetuate an opinion or deduction should he be given warning. If he persists in his divisive action he should be rejected as inimical to the unity of the Spirit. Even then, he must never be rejected because he holds a certain deduction arrived at by human judgment, but only because of his deliberate attempt to form a party around it. It is just as essential to protect the freedom of an individual to think for himself as it is to protect a congregation of saints from one who tries to think for everyone else.

The sectarian spirit is opposed to the Holy Spirit. It is divisive, schismatic and separative. It is a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:20). Jude declares that those who separate themselves are sensual, having not the Spirit (verse 19). Paul instructs that an individual who exhibits the schismatic spirit should be rejected after having been given at least two admonitory warnings. He declares that one who will not heed and insists upon fragmenting the saints has turned aside from the real purpose of our calling, and persists in sinning, even while his very attitude is self-condemnatory (Titus 3:10,11)

"Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life ..." (Philippians 2:14-16).

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Jun 18, 2013
 
Those who fragment the body, do so from a spirit of pride, thinking they have it all figured out.

As you said,“It is not sinful to entertain and even cherish an opinion which runs counter others position.” The problem is binding our opinions/inferences where God has not.

Very true! There are people who regard their party with which they are affiliated as containing all of God's children to the exclusion of all others. Such are led by the leash of pride. God never ask that we make it to heaven by perfectly understanding everything written of Him. Who can pass that test without error? Such would be faith in my understanding or ability to connect all of the dots without any error whatsoever. Rather than place faith in my understanding or ability to connect all of the dots- perhaps its best we place faith in Whom the Scriptures point to.

John 5:39-“You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are...the rest, they have eternal life of God; but the scriptures only point to, and testify about, Jesus.”
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Jun 18, 2013
 
Odd, or fitting? Paul did more to divide the faith than any other man in history. And he turned his appeal to Rome rather than face the saints in Jerusalem with the charges made against him. No wonder Jesus wrote those epistles in Revelation so we could discern the matter, as it's in His very first epistle.
Dave P

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Jun 18, 2013
 
JesusCreed wrote:
Those who fragment the body, do so from a spirit of pride, thinking they have it all figured out.
As you said,“It is not sinful to entertain and even cherish an opinion which runs counter others position.” The problem is binding our opinions/inferences where God has not.
Very true! There are people who regard their party with which they are affiliated as containing all of God's children to the exclusion of all others. Such are led by the leash of pride. God never ask that we make it to heaven by perfectly understanding everything written of Him. Who can pass that test without error? Such would be faith in my understanding or ability to connect all of the dots without any error whatsoever. Rather than place faith in my understanding or ability to connect all of the dots- perhaps its best we place faith in Whom the Scriptures point to.
John 5:39-“You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are...the rest, they have eternal life of God; but the scriptures only point to, and testify about, Jesus.”
Yes. This is the point many of us have been missing, including myself. It's all about Him. We follow Him, we have nothing to worry about. We have freedom!

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Jun 18, 2013
 
Dave P wrote:
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Yes. This is the point many of us have been missing, including myself. It's all about Him. We follow Him, we have nothing to worry about. We have freedom!
As you noted last week, we have matured a lot on this forum. I credit this to lots of people on here. Bobby’s focus on grace has been good. Richards [Barnweb] focus on keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ has been good as well. In my eyes, both go hand-in-hand.
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Jun 18, 2013
 
JesusCreed wrote:
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As you noted last week, we have matured a lot on this forum. I credit this to lots of people on here. Bobby’s focus on grace has been good. Richards [Barnweb] focus on keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ has been good as well. In my eyes, both go hand-in-hand.
I agree. For me, those two, you, WIL, and ol' nobody helped me a lot. Thanks to all.

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