In church circles today “polarization” is a dirty word. To polarize, the dictionary tells us, is “to cause to concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions.” Ever since the Church was established in Corinth, it has been plagued by divisions based on personalities and nonessential doctrines. This sort of polarization is certainly reprehensible. But polarization is not something to be avoided if it happens because some in the churches are loyal to God and his Word.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 10:34–39).

Loyalty to Jesus Christ entails a polarization from which no true believer can escape. All the world is polarized through loyalty to either good or evil. There are two who lay claim to the souls of men—God and Satan. Every man has a captain of his soul—Christ or Satan. Our Lord makes it clear that inaction itself means commitment: “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters” (Matt. 12:30). Remember, it is not left to theologians to determine the validity of this distinction. These are our Lord’s words.

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