by Randy Chambers, 2011-11-26
Jude 1:17-19, NIV: But, dear friends, remember what the apostles
of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be
scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the men who divide
you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
In these times, it is important for us to bear in mind that there are truly those who
are within the church that cause separation rather than unity, that seek their own over
that of what is good for the whole of the church. But lest we start a witch hunt, we must
not become suspicious, but we must weigh everything according to Gods Spirit. There
are those who are troublemakers by desire, there are those who make trouble unknowingly,
and there are those who stir up strife yet do not wish to. So while we are staying alert
so as not to be led astray, we must keep in mind that we ourselves must be certain that we
cause no divisions for any reason. Even our good intentions can cause divisions, if we do
not keep ourselves in check with Gods Word and His Spirit.