Discussion question #1 on The Silent War in the Church Part 15

Can genuinely godly people divide from each other?  Please explain your answer.

My answer to discussion question #1 Part 15

Paul and Barnabas were godly Christian leaders who had a sharp disagreement with each other.  If they divided from each other (see Acts 15:36-39), godly Christians today can also divide from each other.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Part 15

When godly Christians divide from each other, what should they do about it?

My answer to discussion question #2 Part 15

Every attempt should be made to reconcile with each other.  Paul and Barnabas divided from each other over whether or not Mark would be useful in the ministry after he abandoned them on their first missionary journal.  In Paul’s last letter, II Timothy, Paul says these words: “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful in my ministry.”                        (II Tim. 4:11).  It was also the same Mark who wrote the Gospel of Mark.  So, God also found him useful in the ministry.

Discussion question #3 on The Silent War in the Church Part 15

What is it that godly people can divide over?

My answer discussion question #3 Part 15

In our vision of God’s work, we can be so focused on what is our area of ministry or on what is our area of spiritual-giftedness that we do not clearly see others’ vision of ministry or their area of spiritual-giftedness as being valid.  And, so, godly Christians, like Paul and Barnabas, can also have sharp disagreements with each other.  They should later, however, recognize their tunnel vision and accept others’ vision of ministry as also being valuable.

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