by Randy Chambers, 2017-01-12
1 Cor. 1:10, 12-13, NIV: Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind
and in the same judgment…Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of
Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was
Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Is the church becoming a democracy--of the people, by the people, for the people?
To look at the church at large today, you will find vastly differing viewpoints,
doctrines and dogmas. Yet we are exhorted by Paul to be of the same mind, and
that there would be no divisions among us. Are we a church inundated with
worldly philosophy and relativistic thinking? Paul encourages us not to conform
to this world, but to be transformed (Rom. 12:2). Yet today, the church
struggles to maintain the moral high ground, and not slide down the slippery
slope of secularization. The church is not for the people, but for God--not of
the people, but of Christ--not by the people, but by the Spirit. It is God’s
church, not ours, and as such, must be defined and directed by the will of
God--not the people.