I ask a friend and Christian Brother if he thought that he and I were divisive, as we are somewhat cut from the same mold (I worse than he is).
We stand up for the word of God and take a strong stance on doctrine and the truth found in God’s word.
This all came about after I recently read a quote from a pastor and writer who quoted Paul on being “Divisive”
“It’s striking that Paul regards ‘divisiveness’ as those who depart from sound doctrine.” While we might define “divisiveness” as taking a strict stance on doctrines, Paul’s definition was the opposite. Divisiveness, for Paul, was anything that went loosey-goosey with the given gospel…. and I might add… The word of God.
If you look up the word divisiveness in the dictionary you’ll read this… Creating disunity or dissension.
Paul says this in Romans 16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
Do we have the wrong idea and definition of who is a divisive person?
I think we do!
What does Paul say? Keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned.
Divisive one’s are those who turn everything to their own interests and teach and say things contrary to the word of God `1 Timothy 1:3, 1 Timothy 6:3 Galatians 1:8, 9
So as it has been said repeatedly by great Christians in the past…
“It’s far better to be divided by Truth than united in error.”
Divisiveness, for Paul, was anything that went loosey-goosey towards the gosple and the word of God, not someone who takes a strict stance on doctrine and the word of God.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God
as a workman who does not need to be ashamed,
accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria