12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
In the above passage, Paul is criticizing the church at Corinth for being divided. They were following men instead of Christ. They were saying, “I am of Apollos”, “I am of Paul”, “I am of LCG”, “I am of PCG”, “I am of UCG”, etc.
We members of the COG need to remember Who said, “Follow me.”
Paul also warned about following men, especially if they were only in it for their own selfish ambitions.
17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Notice that in both cases, we have people causing division. The first group actually had “contentions among you” (1Co 1:11). The second caused “offences”. People treating one another badly.
34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
If those outside of the body of Christ will recognize those in the body by their love towards each other, then will they know those who are not Christ’s disciples if they do not follow this command?
When I read accounts of how people lost their faith, it saddens me. It saddens me that people would allow someone else to take their crown. It saddens me just as much to realize that one who causes such an offense is also on dangerous grounds.
When I read Internet forums where people are actively carving up divisions, it tells me that it is carnality and not God’s Spirit at work. When I read of ministers mistreating one another and members, it tells me it is carnality and not God’s Spirit at work. It tells me it is the spirit of division instead. It is the spirit of the enemy.
Why would we as God’s people want to return to Egypt?