Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Church Conflict and its Solution!

1 Brothers and sisters, in the past I could not talk to you as I talk to spiritual people. I had to talk to you as I would to people without the Spirit—babies in Christ.2 The teaching I gave you was like milk, not solid food, because you were not able to take solid food. And even now you are not ready.3 You are still not spiritual, because there is jealousy and quarreling among you, and this shows that you are not spiritual. You are acting like people of the world. (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, New Century Version)

What is the cause of conflict in the Church? Why are people petty? The answer can be found in Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. Some are spiritual, some are not. The petty, the self-centered are people of the world. In other words, they may be in church but they are acting out of their fleshly, carnal, non-spiritual desires. The only way to deal with such people is to do what Paul did, remind them that they are acting like people of the world. If they claim to be converted, then remind them they are acting like infants and need to grow up. A true Christian has the Holy Spirit abiding in their heart thereby informing their conscience what is right and wrong. Paul did not look for consensus. He spoke the truth and so should we! Christ came for His sheep. Not for the goats!