NOTE: The term “Christian” in this aspect is used to denote a BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIAN. For example do you follow the bible to the T ? or do you pick what you want ?
All verses are in KJV unless otherwise stated.
Brethren, please, look at the Muslims, they have different branches (Sufis, Shia, Suni) but they are all united with the one goal for Islam to take over the world, young, old, rich, poor, but we Christians on the other hand….confusion, strife, accusation etc
Jesus said : Mathew 12:26 “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” , It is also commonly said “United we stand, divided we fall”, we could also see from this perspective;
divide and conquer (or rule)
the policy of maintaining control over one’s subordinates or subjects by encouraging dissent between them.
There are Pentecostals, evangelicals, protestant etc. All with different doctrines if you will, one reason for the confusion and division in the church is this;
Ephesians 4:11-16 (KJV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
1 Corinthians 12:15-26 (KJV)
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
That being said, Churches need to have a FIVE FOLD MINISTRY comprising of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teacher, this is not a “one man” show, five in one. The trend of churches these days is that its either an apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist or teacher leading the church, this is where the confusion sets in, you can identify teachers because they will TEACH , Derrick Prince anyone ? a prophet that’s obvious, pastors too, evangelists (street preachers etc).
Let me give an example I see in my community, the church I’m in is a praying church and is run by a pastor whose wife is a prophet, there is healing, deliverance (of diverse kinds, including casting out of demons ), prophecy, speaking in tongues . The church I used to serve in on the other hand is run by pastors and teachers, period, no healing, deliverance or prophecy or speaking in tongues of any kind , in fact they steer away from that part of the Bible and Christianity, now some members from this church would come to our church for prayers and they would in turn be threatened with being fired especially the workers, I heard from one of them that they saw our church as a cult. I don’t blame them, out of ignorance I also used to despise their way of doing things because they focused more on the theological part of Christianity.
So there is contention because everyone thinks they are right and the other is wrong. A church without a five fold ministry is like a crippled man, a good example would be the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda (see John 5:1-15), you can’t function as you should. The truth is this, The Holy Spirit is moving in BOTH churches and MOVING DIFFERENTLY according to the gifting of the Pastor/Apostle/Teacher/Evangelist/Prophet Leading the Ministry;
1 Corinthians 12:5 (KJV)
“And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord”
ISV says : “and there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord.”
A cult can be identified if what they practice and teach is not according to the Bible;
1 John 4:1 (KJV)
“ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. “
If you condemn a ministry based on rumors and presuppositions because they are not like you then you make a mistake because you are essentially saying , 1 Corinthians 12:15 “…Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body;…” but the verse continues to say “..is it therefore not of the body?…” Remember, Hosea 4:6 “ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Be not deceived brethren :
John 10:10 “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Mathew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise fas serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Have you ever wondered why the anointing of the Apostles is lacking in today’s church? Have you ever wondered why the church is cold, ritualistic and monotonous in its programs ? The devil didn’t seat back and let the church be, we also can’t blame the devil for everything, we have a responsibility in our hands, why aren’t we doing what we ought to do? Remember that denying the move of the Holy Spirit and calling it a trick of the devil is as grievous sin on your part and mine, think before your conclude a matter, do you listen to what a man is saying or what God is saying ? are you connected with the Holy Spirit to know where He truly is at this moment and where He is moving at this moment ?
I’ll leave these verses here as food for though.
James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”
Isaiah 55:8-9 “8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”