“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment. For it hath been signified unto me, my brethren, of you, by them that are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now, this I say, that every one of you saith: I indeed am of Paul, and I am of Apollo, and I am of Cephas, and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul? For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made void.”
My dearest beloved brethren, division among members of the church was in existence in the Biblical years as we have it still today. But the division then was due to a lack of understanding, lack of knowledge, and misconceptions about who they were for. But today majority of the divisions in the church are about leadership, about who should be the voice of the group, about finances, finances, and mainly finances.
I pray for all of us and the entire Churches and the institutions of Christ to follow Christ’s examples and make their faith and the Church about Christ and not about personal ego and aggrandizement, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
You preach the authority and divinity of Christ, you are Christ’s instrument and you don’t get yourself involved in anything that does not have the fear of Christ; therefore Christ’s love and blessings will always be upon you, dear believers and adorers of Christ.
Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians as is contained in today’s Bible reading, because some of them were of him Paul, others of Apollo, and yet others of Cephas instead of being 100% totally of Christ, said to them: “Is Christ divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”(1 Cor 1:13). We have to remember here that Paul was talking about himself; he was letting the Corinthians know that he, Paul was a nobody before Christ and that everyone should be of Christ who is God HIMSELF. Paul made the Corinthians know that they should elevate no other than Christ.
The spirit of humility and love and worship of God in Paul lacks in some if not most of the Church leaders today. How many times have we seen or heard some members of some Churches, men and women alike call their pastors names like: ‘Daddy, Papa, Mentor, Temple, Power, Oracle’? Each one of these names above should be a name exclusively reserved for Christ. These Church members either by design or institutionalized practice, almost make their pastors their little gods, instead of putting all their faith, hope, trust, and belief in God Almighty.
I pray for everyone to be granted the Grace of Humility and the Grace to adore Christ and give God all the glory and not elevate our fellow human beings to little gods in our lives, today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.
Please remember to take all your family members today and go worship and adore the Lord, and try to invite Him home to come to have dinner with all of you.