Sadly, squabbles and division within the Church can rival those outside of it. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he pointed out the incongruity of division among those who are called into fellowship with the Lord. Harmony and agreement on the central issues of Christian doctrine are essential within the Church. Alistair Begg notes that when congregations quarrel, they mar the joy of fellowship as well as their testimony to the watching world.
10I appeal to you, brothers,1 by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”
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