“For in the first place, when you come together as a church I hear there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must in fact be divisions among you, so that those of you who are approved may be evident.” 1 Corinthians 11:18-19 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/1co.11.19.NET
God records in the Scriptures that arguing in His family, His church, exists. Why? There is arguing because some know the truth, live it, and teach it, while others reject it, ignore it, and seek to convince others of the error of their ways. Since all people are born rebels against God, all people have a propensity for selfishness, pride, and self-centeredness. Nevertheless, when a person is born again, the Spirit of God enters a person to begin the arduous process of forming them into the image of Jesus, Who loves all unconditionally and sacrificially while insisting and remaining to be the way, the truth, and the life alone. Therefore, some in the church encourage all to walk in Jesus’ way, while others encourage walking in the world’s wisdom. We see this today in the sexual identity, lifestyle, and abortion discussions. These arguments bleed into nonBiblical topics like COVID-19, masking, and politics. Since Jesus is the Truth, Christians must pursue truth. Ultimate truth is found in Jesus and His recorded words, the Scriptures. While some argue against the validity of these words of God, they likewise live in defiance of those words, proving their ultimate motive for rejecting God’s Word. God has made Himself known to us and continues making His way known through the Scripture, animated by the Holy Spirit, Who uses His Word to form us into His image. The child of God obeys the Word of God, hungering and thirsting for the righteousness of God found in that Word.