I Am of Paul

Today’s post is a sister post to yesterday’s.

1 Corinthians 1:10:

Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

So Paul commands this. That command is strong enough for me to ask, "Are we doing this? Shouldn’t we be looking at this?"

But in the case of this command—or I should say, this plea, for he says he’s beseeching us—Paul even tells us why he’s begging for this:

I’ve been told, by Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you says, "I am of Paul"; and "I am of Apollos"; and "I am of Cephas"; and "I am of Christ." (1:13)

Sound familiar?

Is there really any difference between "I am of Paul" and "I’m a Baptist"? (I’m picking on the Baptists because they’re the biggest Protestant denomination.)

But let’s not just fire at Protestants. Let’s assume the Roman Catholic Church has the best claim to being the correct denomination because of apostolic succession, even though that’s not’s historical. Given that they’re the correct denomination, is there any difference between the "I am of Christ" that Paul adresses here and "I am Roman Catholic"?

One last verse, since Paul didn’t only say this once:

You are still carnal, for while there is envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and walking like men? For while one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?

So let me ask, while there is envy, strife, and denominations among you, are you not carnal and walking like fleshly men? (See my post on denominations as a work of the flesh from yesterday.) While one of you says, "I’m a Pentecostal," and another, "I’m Russian Orthodox," are you not walking in the flesh?

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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