News

 
divider
November 12, 2012 ← Return
 
Feuding in Church

Feuding in Church

An Amazing Fact
The Beulah Baptist Church of Gibson, Louisiana, spent the spring of 2011 embattled in a feud that resulted in a restraining order and an arrest. The seven members against whom the restraining order was filed claim that the church was violating its charter by using pastoral appointments to fill church offices instead of election by the trustee board. They also allege that the pastor is not properly accounting for church finances or allowing member oversight.

Feuding in Church
The conflict between the seven members and the rest of the church became so intense, the pastor filed a restraining order to prevent the seven from harassing, threatening, and following other members. At a court hearing for the restraining order, a judge admonished church members to resolve their disputes in a Christian manner. Nevertheless, days later, one of the seven was arrested after making multiple phone calls to and visiting another member’s place of work.

Church feuds are not as uncommon as they should be—churches feud with other community groups or businesses, with other churches, and even within themselves. Even more common still are strained relationships between members and hurt feelings kept under wraps.

The apostle John has a blunt message regarding this behavior: “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1John 3:14). John calls us from protecting our own interests to self-sacrifice: “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Self-sacrificing love is so important that Jesus told the disciples that the world would know they were His disciples by their love for each other (John 13:35).

Can the world tell if you are His disciple?

*****

Key Bible Text: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).


Amazing Facts is a non-profit, donor-supported ministry.
We greatly appreciate your prayers and financial support.

Support Amazing Facts


Subscribe to our e-Newsletter | Enroll in our Free Online Bible School

← Return

COMMENTS
NOTE: If you have a Bible question please submit it here. We cannot guarantee answers to Bible questions posted in the comments.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Explore our free book library

Tell Us Your Story!

Changed Lives

God's promises to you!

Featured Media
Prophecy Code
The Bible contains many apocalyptic prophecies, but none so terrifying as the mark of the beast. What is this mark and how can you avoid getting it?
Amazing Facts Presents
Do the dead communicate with the living?
Free Online Book Library
Provides assurance that it is possible, through Christ, to achieve total victory over sin.

New in the Media Library!
Study Guides (Norwegian)
Når en fallskjermhopper går mot døråpningen i flyet og hopper ut vet han at det er ingen vei tilbake. Han har gått for langt og hvis han skulle ha glemt å spenne på seg fallskjermen, kan ingen ting redde ham, og han vil med sikkerhet rase mot en skremmende død. For en tragedie! Men det er noe enda verre som kan hende med en person.
Study Guides (Norwegian)
Å være forelsket endrer alt. For eksempel leste en ung kvinne, som gikk på et engelsk litteraturkurs på universitet, en stor bok. Hun fant hele greia veldig kjedelig og kunne knapt nok konsentrere seg om det hun leste. Men så møtte hun en frapperende ung professor på universitetet, og de ble hurtig forelsket. Snart oppdaget hun at hennes kjære var forfatteren av den boken hun hadde strevet slik med. Den natten sov hun ikke, men pløyde gjennom hele boken, for deretter å utbasunere: “Dette er den beste boken jeg noen gang har lest!” Hva endret hennes perspektiv? Kjærlighet.
Study Guides (Norwegian)
Stoler du på Gud ... på alvor? Sannheten er at mange mennesker kan si ja, men viser det ikke i handling. Og det som verre er, fordi de ikke stoler på Ham, stjeler de faktisk fra Ham!








           

About Us
Our Story
We Believe
About Pastor Doug
Our Other Websites
Contact Us
Employment
Volunteer Opportunities
News and Features
News
From Pastor Doug
Inside Report
Bible Prophecy Seminars
Changed Lives
Email Newsletter
Broadcast
Media Library
Station Locator
AFTV

Bible Study
Enroll Online
Bible Study Guides
Storacle Lessons
Free Online Book Library

Training
AFCOE
AFCOE To Go
Empowered Church

AFBookstore
New Releases
Sign up for Email Specials

DONATE NOW
Donate Now
Donate by Program
Donate by Project
Latest Opportunity
Estate Gift
My Account
(916) 434-3880   |    Site Map   |    AF iTools   |    Privacy Statement   |    Terms of Use
Copyright 2012 by Amazing Facts Inc.   |           Amazing Facts