True Religion (Nehemiah 5)

Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.” Nehemiah 5:1

As the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” This was the strategy that the enemy employed to get at Nehemiah. Threats of war could not stop the work on the wall. In fact, it brought the people of God together! However, it wasn’t long before  internal strife reared its ugly head.

This is systematic for a lot of congregations in our Christian religious experience. Although there are times where outside influences can knock a church down, for the most part it’s the internal strife, disunity, and struggles that cause the most damage. When the enemy can get members to fight against members, church leaders to rebel against pastoral authority or a multitude of similar situations, the church cannot fulfill the call of God. Where disunity is present in a church, the enemy is glorified. As Mark 3:25 states, “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”

There were three results of this outcry that we can interpretively apply in a spiritual context:

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