The title of the article, the text of which I did not read, claimed, “The divisive person is the one who departs from the truth.” At first glance, one would think this would be a self-evident statement. In some quarters it is, but not among progressives.
They have departed from the truth, but often blame the faithful for causing division.
This despicable tactic is not new. It was employed long ago.
They are like King Ahab who accused Elijah, the prophet of God, of being “the troublemaker of Israel” 1 Kgs 18.17. But Elijah turned the accusation around and laid the blame where it rightly belonged.
I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.
1 Kings 18.18 NLT
Elijah identifies the real troublemaker and puts his finger on the reason why they had troubled Israel: they had “refused to obey the commands of the Lord.”
There you have it, in a nutshell, the description of the progressives. They are responsible for division today, like the digressives of the 20th Century, because they refuse to obey the Lord’s commands. They are progressives in the sense that they go, or progress, beyond what Christ teaches, Num 24.13; 2 Jn 9.
The apostle Paul made clear in Galatians 2 that those who are “deviating from the truth of the gospel” cause division, Gal 2.14 HCSB. This was clearly seen when Peter separated himself from the Gentile Christians and refused to eat with them. Paul immediately confronted him in front of everyone because the truth and unity of God’s church was at stake. We should do the same.
Just because progressives or others try to shout down the faithful with accusations of being the dividers and troublemakers, the saints should not cower and keep quiet but stand firm in their rejection of those who abandon the truth of the gospel.