“For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you.” (I Corinthians 1:11)
How interesting here that Paul does not report to the church at Corinth that “SOMEONE told me” or “a number of people are saying” and so on. Rather, he NAMED the people who informed him about the divisions that were present in the Corinthian church. THESE are the ones who said this to him: “Chloe’s people.”
Why is this important? Because sometimes complainers in churches are known to come to pastors and staff and with “anonymous complaints” like: “someone said” or “A lot of people are really upset”. But they, or the people involved, are not brave enough to “name names” or own up personally to the complaint. They hide behind the shelter of anonymity and take their pot shots at the leaders or the state of events.
There was none of this in Paul’s practice of Christianity — Biblical Christianity. He “named names” who would confirm what he had said. These people owned up to their observation and could be confronted, talked with personally, and reasoned with if necessary. It is a good model for us today of what is the brave — and Christian — thing to do.