Controversy in the Church

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Everyone loves a good controversy. What do we learn from this piece straight from the first century TMZ?

1. Controversy is nothing new. 

We love a good train wreck. And the first century church and the 21st century church both had train wreck situations.
 

Yesterday we saw that some people snuck into a meeting that they really didn’t belong to make their voices heard. If you’ve been around church, you’ve seen people who you haven’t seen for a while show up for a controversial vote. 

Then there is Peter and Paul. Peter stopped eating with the Gentiles because of pressure from the circumcision camp. And Paul called him out for it! But they maintained a good relationship. We see later Peter say about Paul that his writings were confusing, but they were equal with the Old Testament. 

2. Our hypocrisy impacts others. 

Peter’s hypocrisy sucked Barnabas in and I’m sure offended the Gentiles. 

I heard of a story this week of a lady saying, “If that’s what church is, then I want no part of it.” She was directly referring to hypocrisy in a church. 

Our actions impact those outside the church who are watching. If we’re not willing to socialize with someone becuase of their background, then we are not living like Christ and we must repent. 

Sinning isn’t being hypocritical. It is hypocritical to pretend we do not sin. Apparently Peter repented. Some damage was done, but not as much as what could have been. 

Let us be a people who the “burned” can come to for healing. Not to demean the other church, but to make sure people who God loves do not walk away because of preventable reasons.

Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 2:11-14.