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Thursday, December 05, 2013

A Most Detestable Monster

The following are remarks by John Poindexter from the book Virginia Baptist Ministers - Vol. 1 by George B. Taylor

“What is called schism,” he says, “in a religious sense, is division and dissension, whereby the hearts of men are split into opposite factions and interests, so as to make a separation in the church.
This is one of the most detestable monsters that ever appeared in the church of Christ; and yet the schismatic is often received with the greatest applause. The causes of this evil are pride, self-love, jealousy, hatred, evil-speaking, covetousness, lust for preeminence, immoderate thirst after the honors and pleasures of this world. We shall not stop to show by long argument that these are causes of division, because they are self-evident. Pride is at the bottom; self is the idol to be honored; jealousy is in company lest others should be more honored; then hatred, malice, envy, and evil-speaking take place, each endeavoring to disgrace the object in view, that everything may contribute to the honor, emolument, and pre-eminence of the schismatic himself. The description is given by Paul to Timothy: ‘Lovers of their own selves, boasters, proud, trucebreakers, false accusers, fierce, despisers of those that are good, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.’ The Apostle marks with severity this character. ‘Now, I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions among you and offences, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.’”

Taylor in recording these brief remarks by Poindexter writes, "Some remarks on schism are worthy to be recorded in letters of gold:"

In letters of gold indeed!  One of the difficulties of schismatics is that they prey on the grace and forbearance of others to advance their devilish designs.  Therefore all too often they are suffered way too long multiplying the potential for them to do damage to the work of God and the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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