1 Corinthians 1:11 Concerning Contention

1 Corinthians 1:11 (KJV)
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.

Concerning these contentions in the church, we may see at least three things:
The Corinthians were ashamed of it
Or at least they did not wish the news to reach Paul. We know they wrote to him with questions, but they were not who told him of the contention.

The apostle was pained over it
This resulted in his addressing it early in the letter, even before he addressed their questions. 

The “whistleblowers” were here named
I take from that we should expect our words to be spread and that we should not agree to hear an accusation without the understanding that the accuser must be named. 

This whole thing would have been unnecessary if they had resolved their differences.  1 Corinthians 6:7 is the answer. 

I hate that division and contention happen in a church. It is unbecoming of Christians and is indicative of how wicked some of us are. 

God help us!

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1 Corinthians 1:11 Concerning Contention

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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