A House Divided Cannot Stand

You have probably heard the adage, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  You may even know that it was Jesus who uttered these words.

Now consider the church today which bears His name.  Is that house divided?  Indisputably!  Not only is it divided, there is hardly any organization on earth that is more divided.  There are over 30,000 denominations, and that doesn’t even count the non-denominational churches that each exist independently.  How in the world, therefore, could this be Christ’s kingdom?  Not only that, consider the sin that takes place among these churches.  I’m not saying that it’s any worse than what you see in society, but neither can it be said that it’s any better.  Again, how could it be Christ’s if that’s the case?  The answer is that it is not Christ’s, though its adherents wish that it was.

There is, however, a kingdom of Christ in the earth today.  In fact, the kingdom of Christ rules the heavens and the earth.  You can make yourself obedient to it (you are already subject to it) simply by acknowledging the reality of Jesus everywhere you go, living for His approval, and loving everyone around you for His sake.  That’s all.  That’s enough.

We should not allow ourselves to be separated from each other in God’s name by assembling in these churches that are all divided from each other.  Forsake church completely for there is no pure one.  The church is in rebellion against Jesus because He’s here to be obeyed but they say He’s yet to come so we should listen to them instead.  God forgive them for they know not what they do. 

The human race is one.  God is one.  Let us embrace our humanity in each other and our divinity through Him in us.  And let us cease separating ourselves into fiefdoms of feigned faith whereby divisions – from each other and from the rest of the human race – are the order of the day.  A  house divided against itself cannot stand.  Yet we all stand undivided in Jesus.

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8 Responses to A House Divided Cannot Stand

  1. Brother Ben says:

    Of course, you cannot escape being a part of the church because, by definition, any believer is a part.

    Therefore, do not forsake meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.

    Hebrews 10:24,25 are a pair of my move favored verses.

    The church (meaning, other believers) will do a good amount of challenging what you believe and how you act. This is good because often we too want to see ourselves improve instead of coasting. Also, the church, because it is made of people, will fail you. People, whether they are ‘Christian’ or not are always capable of letting you down.

    Jesus was not saying that we should abandon divided houses. He was speaking more of action than circumstance; if we truly share a belief or a purpose we should seek to work together and not against each other.

    • Mike says:

      Hebrews 10:24-25 said to “assemble together” but churches today assemble separately – in direct contradiction to the verse. The apostles would never have allowed separate churches in Corinth, Antioch, Jerusalem, or any other city. When you go to church today, you are attending a schism.

      Go back and read the rest of the verse which says “as you see the day drawing near.” That day came – the day of the arrival of the kingdom of God. Today, therefore, we are to attend the kingdom of God which replaced the church. It is when we gather to Jesus, not to each other, that we are the true church (the ekklesia – the called out). Do you not remember that Jesus (quoting Isaiah) said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer” and that He was prophesying the coming kingdom of God?

      • Brother Ben says:

        So do you assemble with others or have you given that up?

        If you assemble with others, then that is what I am calling “church” and where our disconnect came from. Where two or more are gathered together (“church”; “kingdom of God”; whatever we call it) there Christ will also be.

        If you have given up assembling with others (and I can’t tell either way from your post), then perhaps you are falling into a very individualistic schism; an affront, as you said, to the efforts of Jesus and his Apostles.

        • Mike says:

          We are all assembled to the Lord, and have been ever since the kingdom of God came. What you are calling “assembling” therefore is actually “separating.”

          Since you equate the kingdom of God with church, you must think that entering church is entering the kingdom. How then do you explain that Jesus said “many will strive to enter and will not be able” for few of those who strive to enter a church are denied.

          If you think that the kingdom of God is church, you are greatly mistaken.

  2. Brother Ben says:

    I’m talking of church and God’s Kingdom not as locations we “enter” but as conditions. Perhaps “fellowship” is a better, non-locational term.

    Yes, we are in fellowship with God, but I am not so sure that we should forsake fellowship with other believers. The two are thus distinguished; as you said, church is NOT the kingdom of God.

    And you are going to have to work with me here, because I do not know how you are translating “assembling” as “separating.” You are either with people or you are not.

    It is a personal question so I understand if you decide to sidestep it online. I just want to make sure you understand the question because you are using terms in ways I am unfamiliar with.

    • Mike says:

      You can find the explanation of “separating” and “assembling” in the original post above.

      In the kingdom of God, He calls us to assemble to Him – not to each other. If we are rightly related to Him, we will – by that fact – be rightly related to each other.

      If you can find other believers who point you to the kingdom of God, you should by all means fellowship with them. Nonetheless, in doing so you should be seeking the kingdom of God to which they point, not the fellowship itself. Church today (as opposed to New Testament days) has become about fellowhip with people whereas the kingdom of God is about fellowship with God.

      I have not at all sidestepped the question and have made it clear with whom I am constantly seeking to assemble.

      • Brother Ben says:

        Gotcha. And I understand now. It is the same answer you gave in another thread; you just enjoy answering the question indirectly, haha.

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