“Now I urge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Corinthians 1:10)
It is notable that the unity of the members of the church at Corinth was so important that the Lord led the Apostle Paul to mention, and re-word it, at least three times in verse 10:
— “that you all agree” (lit., “speak the same thing”)
— “and that there be no divisions among you” (lit. “schisms”)
— “but that you be made complete (lit. “united”) in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
The unity of God’s children in His church must be VERY, VERY important to Him. How our conduct and divisions must have grieved Him for the past 2000 years. Now as He indicates elsewhere, there are times in which it is necessary to have divisions in order to show those who are approved ( ). But we are still very lacking — even in single churches, not to mention whole denominations, in which we have a tremendous lack of unity, of consideration for each other, and realization of the great spiritual battle we need to be united against.
To be clear, unity is not more important than the truth, especially in first rank, essential doctrines. But unity IS more important than our own opinions and preferences regarding music, programs, decisions, and the like. On such things, it is better to lose out on our preferences than to cause disunity. It doesn’t seem like too many Christians actually practice this. What a difference it would make if we did …