161. Where do the divisions within the Christian Church come from?
Many divisions are due to man’s sinful nature.
The causes are often the ambition and jealousy of the leaders, the envy and the quarrelling of the congregations who fight for the glory of their leaders and for their own greatness while belittling others. In addition, the lack of repentance, the lack of discipline and self-righteousness of the individual members of the church. The spread of other doctrines and false doctrines (doctrines that contradict the gospel) necessarily lead to divisions. People who gather around false teachers and condemn those who believe otherwise, form a sect.
- Where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? (1 Corinthians 3:3-4)
- Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. (Romans 16:17)
- Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
- There would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. (Jude 1:18-19)