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  1. Oh, that’s a great quote! And yes, so true, that brief description of how sectarian spirits work: they draw boundaries.

    We can see those boundaries even in the world (between nations and races, due to gender issues, through elite groups, clubs, and associations). In the Church it is most obvious because of countless denominations and different non-denominational churches which bite one another (verbally) in Jesus’ name on the question, “Who is right?”

    Although biblical sound doctrine IS important, there is something that must not be neglected before contending for the faith. Biting and devouring one another because of jealousy, anger and enmity (Gal 5:15-20) signify clearly that those who keep behaving in this way live after the flesh, that is, they are not Christ-centered. Focusing on Christ in the Spirit – through prayer – weakens the flesh and “produces” love, joy, peace, and that “openness to others” which Richard Bauckham rightly recommended.

    It is quite easy to see whether a Christian is a true servant of the Lord, that is, one of His disciples who is able to make a difference. He may not be perfect and he may err on some smaller doctrinal issues, however, if he is open toward everyone, clearly perceiving the divine image even in his “worst” neighbor (despite devilish distortion), such a believer will surely have magnetic effects on those who are still searching for God.

    Love is not that complicated if we vibe with our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is written,

    “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 Jn 5:3 ESV)

    “For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
    Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Rom 13:9-10 ESV)

    Or in other words,

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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