By Lindsay A. Allen
What better way to hinder the gospel of Christ than to divide the church? Thus, in 1849 and 1859 respectively he (Satan) introduced, through his emissaries, the missionary society and instrumental music.

Those who take a firm stand on a “thus saith the Lord” for all they believe and practice in their service to God are accused of splitting the Lord’s church, and are labeled with such unworthy epithets as “antis” and “orphan home haters.” This is a serious charge of the greatest magnitude, for it is much more serious to divide the spiritual body of Christ than his physical body.

Such a false charge demands a forthright and honest reply, and above all it must be scriptural. The purpose of this article is to do that. Let it be understood in the beginning that the author of these lines has no ill will toward any person, much less his own brethren. Contrariwise, since he and his brethren are cut from the same gospel pattern, he has nothing but love and goodwill toward them. The only purpose of this article is to search out the truth concerning this charge, for Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”; “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 8:32; 17:17). Paul reminded the Thessalonians that God would send a “strong delusion” to those who did not love the truth, that they could believe a lie and be damned (2 Thess. 2:10-12).

In order to have a firm background for the study of division in the Lord’s church, it would be helpful to make a brief survey of division in the church in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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