Well, that’s YOUR opinion!

The only ones who actually enjoy arguments involving know-it-alls, are the know-it-alls themselves. These are the self-styled “experts” who have just enough knowledge, and little enough discernment, to be truly dangerous. While folks find most know-it-alls simply obnoxious, factions spawn when that braggadocio combines with personal charisma. Proverbs 6 tells how the Lord regards sowers of discord:

16, There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
17, haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
18, a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
19, a false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.

Prideful Church Members

Passages structured like this, “Save the best (or worst) for last.” That makes lying witnesses and sowers of discord the greatest abominations in the list. Yet, many of today’s churches just wink at such behavior among their members, especially if said members are influential or heavy financial contributors.

Church Discipline

The New Testament is quite clear how pastors and elders are to respond to sins of pride and divisive attitude among their congregations.

Jesus clearly directed the church how it should deal with sin in their midst.

Matthew 18:15-17 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. (16) But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (17) If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Then, Apostle Paul expanded Jesus’ teaching when partisanship reared its ugly head.

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (11) For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. (12) What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” (13) Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Face it, a few folks will not be proved wrong, and they’re willing to destroy the church to prove their point. Those “brethren” are impostors, placed in the church by the enemy, and deserve no special consideration or exemption.


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