The story is not a pleasant one when a Church becomes a center of conflict instead of love. Yet the story is not exceptional either as many of our letters in the New Testament reveal.
I smile when people say they wish they could just get back to the way it was in the New Testament Church. Sometimes I ask, “Which one?”
Start with the earliest expression depicted through the letter we call “James.” What was happening that James had to write, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1). A survey of the book reveals less than calm circumstances in the Church.
Move forward a little to the Churches of Galatia. Imagine how bad it had become for the apostle to write, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (Galatians…
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