*FORBIDDEN IN THE CHURCH 1 Cor.1:10 Now I beseech you,[ brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you;] but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
*CONDEMNED IN THE CHURCH 1 COR. 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.12 Now 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.13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?; 11:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. [ WE ARE JOINED IN CHRIST AND LET NO ONE OR MORE THAN ONE DIVIDE US FROM THE LOVE AND TRUTH OF CHRIST! ]UN
*UNBECOMING IN THE CHURCH 1 COR.12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
DIV TO THEISIONS ARE CONTRARY TO THE:
*THE UNITY OF CHRIST
1 COR.1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?; 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
*DESIRES OF CHRIST
JOHN 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. [ HIS DESIRE THAT WE ALL BE A UNIT OF UNITY ]
*PURPOSE OF CHRIST
JOHN 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
*SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH:
1 COR.11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. [ THE SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH IS UNITY IN CHRIST!].
DIVISIONS ARE PROOF OF A CARNAL CHURCH
1 COR.3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
*AVOID THOSE WHO CAUSE DIVISIONS
ROMANS 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
[ PREPARED BY WINSTON STAPLES ]