Tag Archive | disunity within the Church

I Corinthians 12:12 ” The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”

They estimate that the human body has 100 trillion cells, 100,000 hairs on our head, and 9,000 taste buds…not to mention 206 bones, 600 muscles, and 79 organs.  Each part of our body has a unique purpose and function…each part working together seamlessly in perfect unity.  For inside our body there is co-operation not competition…and harmony not rivalry.  In this verse Paul is comparing the human body and all its parts to the Church…the body of Christ.  For we are one body with many members, each just as important as the other… all bound together as one in love.

Psalm 133:1 ” How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.”

As Jesus prayed for His disciples in John, He asked that “they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11)  Later in that Chapter as He went on to pray for all Believers, He said, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”  (John 17:23)  In other words, to reflect the unity and oneness between the Father and Son,  as Believers, we need to be perfectly united also.  You can’t   show the world Jesus when your bad behavior towards others is just like the rest of the world.

I Kings 16:30-31 ” Ahab, son of Omri, did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.”

Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel.  She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and  ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets.  This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in,  tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries.  This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy.  Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah.  Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran.  Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.