4 Warning Signs Of Apostasy - 2nd Sign

2nd Warning Sign of Apostasy

Now a troublemaker named Sheba son of Bikri, a Benjamite, happened to be there. He sounded the trumpet and shouted, “We have no share in David, no part in Jesse’s son! Every man to his tent, Israel!” 2 So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bikri. But the men of Judah stayed by their king all the way from the Jordan to Jerusalem.
— 2 Samuel 20:1-2

The second warning sign of apostasy from this passage is: Willingness to Divide the Church (exemplified i Sheba).  The sin of divisiveness is regularly employed by heretics, schismatics, and wolves in sheep's clothing. I often say, do you know the reason churches split? The color of the carpet! You laugh...but seriously, trivial matters split churches every day, let alone heretics and those willing to compromise with morality.  

Clement of Rome (0A) writes:

Why are there strifes, and tumults, and divisions, and schisms, and wars among you? Have we not [all] one God and one Christ? Is there not one Spirit of grace poured out upon us? And have we not one calling in Christ? Why do we divide and tear to pieces the members of Christ, and raise up strife against our own body, and have reached such a height of madness as to forget that “we are members one of another? Remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, how He said, “Woe to that man [by whom offenses come]! It were better for him that he had never been born, than that he should cast a stumbling-block before one of my elect. Yea, it were better for him that a millstone should be hung about [his neck], and he should be sunk in the depths of the sea, than that he should cast a stumbling-block before one of my little ones.” Your schism has subverted the faith of many, has discouraged many, has given rise to doubt in many, and has caused grief to us all. And still your sedition continues.
— 1 Clement 46

We should never be willing to divide the church, but hold it together ith prayer love and trut until we are essentially forced out, whether by decree or conscience.

In Prayer Today:

Praise God that he will hold us closely in His hand.