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Marks of a Christian Sect – Holier Then Thou

Holier Then Thou

Attitude of Christian Sects

 

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Sects …they would exclude you…

 

Isaiah 65:5

Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier then thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

Marks of a Christian Sect: Labeling to Exclude

People who don’t understand God’s ways and who come from a sectarian mindset often only understand things in the context of Christian sects and labels. They will try to label everything to see how it fares to include it or exclude it.

Romans 3:8

and not, according as we are injuriously charged, and according as some affirm that we say, Let us practise evil things, that good ones may come? whose judgment is just.

“Ravenism”, “Calvinism”, “pre trib”, labels such as these are used to divide people into classes of Christianity.  Sectarian minded people use these labels to determine if are compatible with their system.

John 1:20 -22

What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.  Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

These people tried hard to label John the Baptist so that they could classify him and report it to the leaders of their sect.

Marks of a Christian Sect: Self Protection

Almost all the marks of a Christian sect are at least partially for self-protection. To a sect, Group Preservation is of greater importance then the fellowship of the apostles. In contrast God will preserve the church and that unity which it represents.

Matthew 16:18

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

It is unwavering. The apostles’ fellowship remains even when an apostle himself breaks away to join a group; Peter with the Jewish group, Paul with shaving his head. But the fellowship remained unbroken for them to be restored to.

Marks of a Christian Sect: Furthering or Satisfaction with Divisions

Christian sects will always protect themselves; this will show itself in a striving for or satisfaction in a divided sectarian state. Without divisions the groups or sects would be dissolved.

The notion that God would scatter believers after he has gathered them comes from several misused scriptures. Like 1st Kings 12:24, they were not to go up and fight for the reunification of Israel because “This thing is from me.” Also 1 Corinthians 11:19  “For there must also be sects among you, that the approved may become manifest among you.”  This does not support division; it is an explanation that people in “sects” want to look for the approval of others who are also division makers.

The division maker says, “The act of dividing God’s people is permanent.” “The outcome is a purer or holier line of Christianity.” “God is weeding His garden.” “He is manifesting the approved by creating sects.” “God will use divisions to remove hidden sin or worldliness from the purer line.”

Of course they would say that this purer line is not sectarian.  They believe that God divides His lesser or more defiled children into sects.

2 Corinthians 10:12

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves; but these, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not intelligent.

2 Corinthians 10:17-18

But he that boasts, let him boast in the Lord. For not *he* that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

2 Corinthians 13:7

But we pray to God that ye may do nothing evil; not that *we* may appear approved, but that *ye* may do what is right, and *we* be as reprobates.

We show a difference of being approved of man and approved of God. To be approved of man outside of God’s approval is sectarian. “for we dare not class ourselves”

Matthew 6:2

so that they may have glory from men … They have their reward.

Matthew 6:5

so that they should appear to men … They have their reward.

Matthew 6:16

so that they may appear fasting to men … They have their reward.

Revelation 2:24 – 25 speaks about believers who God approved and the system/sect did not approve.

God says that they “provoke Me to anger continually to My face” about people who say “Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier then thou”. (See Isaiah 65:3-5)

We put these Old Testament verses in to show how God described people who had different thoughts then God; they created their own sects around those thoughts. They were going above and beyond the word of God to create a separatist class and then considered themselves to be better then everyone else. I am sure they would say. “By Gods grace.”

Rosier

What does it matter?” Brethren, for what purpose did Christ die? Was it not “to gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” (John 11:52) Does God scatter them after He has gathered them? No; it is the wolf that scatters the sheep. (John 10:12.) And can we say: “What does it matter?

Now we hear not only “what does it matter” but even more brazenly that “God did it for some reason”. God tells us plainly what His will is and we witness people who think they know God’s will better then He has plainly told us in His word. It is Satan that sifts “as wheat” (Luke 22:31) not God, yet we hear people say that “the Lord is sifting again”.

 

Unity instead of being a Christian Sect

If we do not want to be a Christian sect marked by thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, there must be a Christian unity that we should endeavor to maintain, the unity that the Lord prayed for when He said, “that they all may be one.

Proverbs 16:19

For it is better to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

He first speaks about the apostles.

John 17:11

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Then He speaks about us.

John 17:20-21

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one;

The only fellowship that is sanctioned by scripture is the fellowship that we all can have with the apostles.

Acts 2:42

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,

1John 1:3

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us (the apostles): and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

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