A Church Divided :: By Timothy Horner

Christians have enough to deal with in this world being constantly under attack for our Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; we cannot afford to also have confrontation among ourselves.

A Church Divided will complicate our lives as individuals and harm our very walk with Christ. We Christians are the Church on earth and belong to the very same ‘Body of Christ’ having the very same Father in Heaven and we must be supportive toward one another rather than having conflict within.

A Church Divided weakens the light we are expected to shine in the midst of darkness all around us.

Please lift each other up during these terrible times which we live in so that together as One Body of Christ, we can be more effective in spreading the Truth of the Gospel across such a world of Sin.

I say all this because it is bad enough to see our Churches falling apart due to a failure to preach the Truth and now I see more and more conflict between Christians then there ever should be.

We are of the same family of God! Matthew 5:44 -45 says: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”.

Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”

John 7:24 Jesus says “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Many Christians to include myself complain often about the things happening in the world around us because it is disturbing in our hearts to see how the world is so far from the word of God. This does not imply that we are mean people because in fact it is just the opposite, God is Love and since He is Love and we (Christians) are His children, then we Love too so being that we love the people of this world, it hurts us just as it hurts our creator God to see such disruption and corruption in the world.

For Example: Most Christians to include myself do not like President Obama because there are too many evil ways about this man and his actions and words displays love of the world and not God.

This does not in any way mean that we are not to love him and pray for him! We certainly do Not like how our Commander In Chief has represented our great County of The United States or more importantly we do Not like how he has disregarded the Bible and our Father in Heaven. What we can do however; is pray that God uses this man to fulfill God’s will as it should be done on earth. The man (Obama) will pay his own price for discarding God but his actions should at least fulfill God’s will.

Mark 16:15 says “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”

So this is what we are to do to our very best ability.

John 8:12 Jesus says to the Pharisees “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” So Christians – Let Your Light Shine!

A Church Divided will fall to the ways of the flesh but a Church United will have the backing of Almighty God, The Angels in Heaven and the Name of Jesus Christ to Save Lives for Him!

Matthew 18 18-20 (Amplified Version) to be understood easier:

Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid {and} declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit {and} declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven.

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass {and} be done for them by My Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them

So to get back to Judging, most people think we are wrong to Judge others and in a way they are correct because God is ultimately the Final Judge however; we are to judge with righteous judgment as stated earlier in John 7:24 against those who choose to ignore God.

We have every right as the children of God to STAND UP for Biblical Principles regardless of who may be offended. If we back down because worldly people are offended by the Truth of God’s Word then we have lost the battle already. If He is for us who can be against us?

Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them,”

CHURCH: Get rid of any baggage (worldly issues against God) that you may still be holding onto and make right your relationship with Christ. The (Rapture) is near and we must work harder than we ever have to be an example of God’s Love toward others and spread the Gospel as often as we can.

God Bless!

Timothy Horner