Discord usually takes first hold upon the thorns; it is nurtured among the hypocrites and base professors in the church, and away it goes among the righteous, blown by the winds of hell, and no one knows where it may end.
Divisions in Churches never begin with those full of love to the Saviour.
Besides, Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly intercourse than we do.
When you hear of disturbances in churches you need not so much seek to compose the differences among the members as to amend the men themselves.
I never heard of quarrels among devils, nor did I ever read of sects in hell: they are all one in their hatred of the Christ and of God.
Why are we not one? Sin is the great dividing element. The perfectly holy would be perfectly united. The more saintly men are, the more they love their Lord and one another; and thus they come into closer union with each other. Our errors and our sins are roots of bitterness which spring up and trouble us, and many are defiled. Our infirmities of judgment are aggravated by our imperfections of character, and our walking at a distance from our God; and these breed coldness and lukewarmness, out of which grow disunion and division, sects and heresies.
A church divided in its doctrine,—what can it do? If it has to spend its strength in continual debate, what force has it with which to conquer the world?
Time was when they that feared the Lord spake often one to another; I am afraid that now they more often speak one against another.
The strength that is spent in division is so much taken away from service.