Schisms in the Isms


I don’t know about you but I’m am sick and tired of the bickering that believers do. It is the classic fight of 1 Cor. 3:4

For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

Theological disputes are hurting the body. I know there are valid Theologians who are truly seeking the truth, which I love, but then you have their spokesmen on FB or wherever and they just bite and devour other spokesmen. Do we not heed Gal. 5:15? Or 1 Tim. 6:4-5 which says

He is puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, [although he is] woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in (produce) envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions,

And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw.

Or Titus 3:9 which says

But avoid stupid and foolish controversies and genealogies and dissensions and wrangling about the Law, for they are unprofitable and futile.

Why can’t those who call upon the name of Jesus live as Phillippians 2:3 says

Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].

Is it because we have become unwise and cannot accept rebuke? Molinism, Arminianism, Calvinism, Thomism, Scotism, Open Theism, Augustinism, Occamism etc. etc. Sometime the isms fight like the ites of the OT. I love the Church and I, like I said above, love Theologians. They spend years on like a sentence in the Bible. But I feel we lose sight of what we are looking for. I heard this from Ian Clayton and I think it can be very true in most cases, “Theology is the study of yesterday’s revelation.” Don’t get wrong, I and we need to study that which was, to walk in that which is, and to be prepared for that which is to come.

It is like the isms have become like denominations. We have the truth and the rest of you don’t. My isms is better than your ism. No wonder the world laughs at the face of the Church. No wonder. They don’t see the love of John 13:35 which says

 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

There is a time and a place for rebuke and to hash out what the Bible is telling us but we this should never produce friendly fire in the Kingdom. Do we really want to be known in heaven for wasting our times with arms against our fellow family? Do we not understand that there are believers and non believers alike that are hurting, restless, broken, lost, bound, etc? We are suppose to be a hospital, not a shooting range. We need to grow up, me especially. There is One Truth and that is Jesus Christ. What did Paul say in 1 Cor. 2:2

For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.

In midst of the bickering I see the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 21:9 as the one living in the corner of a housetop. We, the Bride of Christ, have an awesome destiny but we will not walk in that unless we repent for being a quarrelsome wife.

Mark 3:25 declares

And if a house is divided (split into factions and rebelling) against itself, that house will not be able to last.

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