There Must Be Factions
I’m thankful for First Corinthians. It reminds me that the early church wasn’t only experiencing Acts 4:32-35.
The church in Corinth was so divided that you might say it was diced. There were divisions over which apostle was superior, sexual morality, lawsuits, marriage, eating meat, headcoverings for women, the Lord’s Supper, spiritual gifts, the resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of believers, and I’m probably missing some.
Paul, who really wanted these saints to “be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10), said something in chapter 11, verse 19 that is important for us to remember:
There must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.
Factions painfully serve the church. They provide opportunity to differentiate between real and unreal Christians.
Does this mean that factions only occur between the genuine and the false? No. Paul…