You Can Touch the World - Day 5
Father God, through your word, speak loudly to me today. Let me be a sponge soaking up every syllable, every word, and every meaning! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Read: Titus 3:10-11, NLT
10 “If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. 11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.”
Earlier in Paul’s letter to Titus, Paul points out how they/we should avoid pointless arguments and quarrels. However, Paul adds to his letter by instructing Titus how to deal with those same people who were causing division. Paul’s instruction to avoid the controversies of the time in no way meant that these people should not be corrected. According to Paul, Titus had an obligation to call out the false teaching/teachers so that the arguments and quarrels would stop.
This is relevant today just as it was when Paul wrote to Titus and earlier when he wrote Timothy about the church in Corinth. We must understand that intentionally causing a split or a divide in the body of Christ is a sin, so much that divisive people are not to be tolerated in the church. Causing a split, is a fruit of unfaithfulness and seriously damages our testimony. In Matthew 18, Jesus outlined the steps churches should take in calling a sinning brother to repentance. When that sinning person is causing a split, these verses tell us to accelerate the process.
As believers, we are instructed clearly, and quite often. in scripture to discern what is Biblically sound teaching and what is false teaching. What is true vs. what is false. We are told to hold fast to what is good and to reject what is wrong. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 and John 4:1 command us as Christians to do this so we will not be ensnared by sinful ways of thinking and living. False teachers/teaching pose a grave danger to the body of Christ. Protecting the church from false teaching – both by pointing out errors and teaching Biblical truth – is an essential part and obligation of our personal ministry!
Know what is true and what is false. Make sure everything you stand for is supported by scripture. You do this by making sure you are in the word, reading God’s teaching(s). Write down what’s most important to you regarding your faith and how that aligns with scripture. Do the same for your church and its leaders. Does everything “square up” with God’s instructions?
Dear Lord, I pray I am never divisive in my words and actions. Please, God, point out the areas in my heart that might cause a rift. Please put people in my life that will hold me accountable should I ever speak or act in a way that separates the church. Bless me, Lord, with the discernment and judgement to see that in others and within church leadership and strengthen me to speak the truth always. Use me, God, as an agent of unity, always speaking, preaching, and living out The Way, The TRUTH, and The Life. In Jesus’ Holy and Glorious name I pray, Amen.