Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Seven Ways to Split Your Church

Matt. 12:22-30 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
  1. Focus only on our own desires - Jas 4:1-3 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
  2. Listen to every criticism - Prov. 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
  3. Focus on your pastor's weaknesses and not his strengths - Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  4. Speak the truth or practice love - but never combine the two - Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
  5. Store up wrongs for future use - Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
  6. Only forgive those that ask you to forgive them - Col 3:12-13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
  7. Hide your sin by speaking out against others - Matt. 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Eph 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is good. I hadn't thought of how to split a church...but these make total sense. I thank God I've not been involved in a church split. I do have friends that have though and they say it is a terrible thing to go through.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been in a church split. It is awful. Once a church splits the Lord seems to leave. Good list.
Bro Tim

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bro. Jim,

This was a great post. Some churches never recover after a split. I wanted you to know I am praying for Pastor Reagan. I will put him on the prayer list.

Bro. Rod

3:11 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sis. Julie, Bro. Tim, & Bro. Rod,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.... The Church is the Bride of Christ.... it is to have unity and truth.... but it is made up of people... and Satan's desire is to make people, even saved people, disrespect and tear down the things of God.... I pray that I don't allow Satan to use me to tear down my church or my family!!!

9:05 PM  

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