Christians have many different opinions as to how to “do church.” We disagree on everything from the structure of service, to church government, to what kind of music to sing and even the way to dress for church. When we have these discussions we should be careful to treat each other in love and humility. Being right does not in and of itself excuse us for being harsh. We must not forget the overarching principle of peace:
for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints (I Corinthians 14:33).
God is not a God of confusion. God is not the author of disorder or misunderstanding or hatred in our churches. The author of those things is Satan. We are not walking in the Spirit if we use harsh, heavy-handed tactics to force our opinions on others, even if our opinions are “right.” For instance, disagreements over baptism are no excuse for ostracizing our brothers and sisters in Christ. Neither are arguments over music a reason to refuse to help a starving brother financially. Gossip, slander, and verbal abuse are not legitimate ways to leverage others into agreeing with you. God is a God of peace. When a church is really at peace then we know that God is there. This peace can be found in all true churches of the saints. Yes, good churches may have a few troublemakers, but they also have some brethren who forgiving, gentle, and humble, who work behind the scenes to mend the feelings of people who are hurting. Churches who do not have any people like this are not churches of God.