What to Avoid and What to Confront in the Fight For Unity Part 4


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“In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.”

http://www.moravian.org/the-moravian-church/the-moravian-church/history.html

        These powerful words bring me straight to the Scriptures as we begin to discuss what the Body of Christ, must avoid,

But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Titus 3:9 (NKJV)

The Bible is telling us to avoid the following foolish disputes. These foolish disputes are:

  1. Genealogies

  2. Contentions

  3. Strivings about the law

Lets look together at some definitions:

  1. Foolish: Is the Greek Word mōrós meaning, silly, stupid, foolish, from which the Eng. word “moron” is derived.[1]

  2. Disputes: A word used by the Greeks to indicate philosophical inquiry. In the NT, it indicates an exchange of words rather than a true search.[2]

   The Bible is talking about avoiding Foolish Disputes. Base on these Greek definitions we can conclude that we ought to avoid exchanging words for the sake of words and not in search of the true. When we just use words, without any desire to find the truth we become morons.

Lets look at other key definitions to expand on this verse,

  1. Genealogies: γενεαλογία genealogía; to make a genealogical register. Genealogy. The expression in 1 Tim. 1:4 denotes busying oneself about traditions of the past based upon the slightest historical hints which diverted the heart from God’s truth. This, as it appears from Titus 1:10, was a practice of Jewish false teachers though this is not implied in the expression itself (see also Titus 3:9). These Jews were turning the entire historical substance into mere myth. The genealogies were not treated primarily as historical documents but instead were subjected to a highly symbolic interpretive scheme. Names, dates and places supposedly contained hidden meanings which became the basis for esoteric doctrines.[3]

  2. Contentions: Strife, contention, wrangling [4]

  3. Strivings: To fight. Fighting, battle (2 Cor. 7:5; 2 Tim. 2:23, controversies respecting the Mosaic laws; [5]

   As we look closer at the things we must reject, we see first Genealogy. What genealogy in this verse is focusing on is on traditions of men. This is when we focus on man-made traditions rather than on God’s word. The enemy has done a great job in keeping us focusing on the wrong things. I am not saying that all traditions are wrong, but we must understand that nothing should be taking our focus away from the Lord and His Word.

   We should also avoid contentions, that means strives. The Bible also used the word striving, but this time it is strives caused by arguments over the Law of Moses. Perhaps we all need to be reminded that according to First Corinthian 13, we know in part.

   It is almost comical that people have jumped out of churches because they disagree with one point, but as we are able to look back through the eyes of history, we can clearly see that they, who left, missed something else. I guess that is the reason why Paul called these issues of genealogy, contentions and strives, foolish disputes.

   So then, the question is, what is it that we are supposed to confront?

TO BE CONTINUED…


[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[2] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[3] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[4] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[5] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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