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Fusion or Faction in Corinth (2 of 21)
Series: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 1:10-31
I - The Foolishness of Division and Discord (10 - 17)
II - The Foolishness of Preachers and Preaching (18 - 25)
III - The Foolishness of Ministering and Misfits (26 - 31)
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Theme: ''The church at Corinth was plagued with division and discord''
Being much concerned about the rise of denominations in the church, John Wesley tells of a dream he had. In the dream, he was ushered to the gates of Hell. There he asked, ''Are there any Presbyterians here?'' Yes! came the answer. Then he asked, ''Are there any Baptists? Any Episcopalians? Any Methodists?'' The answer was yes! Each time.
Much distressed, Wesley was then ushered to the gates of Heaven. There he asked the same question, and the answer was No! ''No?'' To this, Wesley asked, ''Who then is inside?'' The answer came back, ''There are only Christians here.'' (1 Corinthians 1:10-17)
An issue of National Geographic included a photograph of the fossil remains of two saber-tooth cats locked in combat. To quote the article: ''One had bitten deep into the leg bone of the other, a thrust that trapped both in a common fate. The cause of the death of the two cats is as clear as the causes of the extinction of their species are obvious. When Christians fight each other, everybody loses. As Paul put it, ''if you keep biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other'' (Galatians 5:15)
Peter A. Alwinson
Aesop has a fable of three bulls that fed in a field together in the greatest peace and safety. A lion had long watched them in the hope of making prey of them, but found little chance so long as they kept together. He therefore began secretly to spread evil and slanderous reports of one against another till he fomented jealousy and distrust among them. Soon they began t ...
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