Churches fall apart because of heresy. Persecution or trouble never destroys a church. What was a bigger problem for the early church heresy or persecution? Heresy divides churches. It gathers Christians around ideas or people and pulls them away from Christ. Persecution unites churches and forces Christians to gather together and get closer to Christ. Heresies come in different styles. Some are built on false prophecies and some are built on false prophets. Churches die when they move from truth to lies. They are destroyed when they move from following the Messiah to a minister.
As I’m reading the book of Acts to my kids, I’m realizing that the first believers focused on living how Jesus lived and doing what Jesus did. Their only problems came from the explosive growth they experienced. Their feeding program grew too rapidly, and their growing numbers brought them persecution and theological issues to grapple with.
These problems are a far cry from types of divisions that plague us today. Maybe, we need to get our focus back.
1.) Thou shall use your real name and not haveth a middle name like “Billy$LadY”
2.) Thou shalt not “share, re-tweet, or repost” more than 2 posts per day. No one has time for that.
3.) Thou doesn’t needeth to write a paragraph when a sentence will do.
4.) Thou will not send calls directly to thy voicemail -
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