What does the Bible Teach about Unity within the Church?
1 Corinthians 1:10
1 Corinthians 1:10 10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
The subject of unity continues to come up and I thought it would be good to dedicate a study to this subject. The Bible has much to say about unity, yet because the modern church movements have clouded the issue, there is a lot of confusion on this subject. Anyone who does not want accountability will claim that we must all stand under the banner of unity. Many times I have heard people quote the phrase from 1 Corinthians 1:10 “you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you” to avoid being questioned on a doctrine; however, if you continue reading, we are also instructed to have the same mind and same judgment. It is the mind of Christ that we must have in order to have unity (1 Corinthians 2:16), our foundation must be on Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11) and we are to be put into remembrance of the ways of Christ (1 Corinthians 4:17).
When the Bible talks about unity, it is always referring to being unified in Christ. If you look at what is being addressed in 1 Corinthians, the Christians were claiming that to be of Paul was better than to be of Apollos and vise-versa. They were divided over meaningless things rather than focusing on Christ. Today false teachers play on people's lack of scriptural knowledge and claim that unity means to accept anything and everything without question. Anyone who questions a teaching or a practice that is unbiblical is criticized as being divisive.
While unity is important and even essential to be an effective church, it is equally essential to understand what unifies us. The Bible commands us to be unified and the Bible commands us to separate from others ...
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