It happened again last year. A fight broke out in December in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests and monks who fought over boundaries of jurisdiction. Armed with brooms and fists, the 100 or so “clerics” went at it until police could restore order. This has happened repeatedly at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Unbelievers mockingly say, “See how those Christians act!” What they don’t understand is that these aren’t true Christians. They are followers of a Christianized religion that is built on human tradition rather than the Bible. Further, their actions prove that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, because the Bible prophesied about the rise of false teachers who would come in the name of Christ but would bring reproach upon Christ by their unchristian deeds. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:1-2).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 6, 2012, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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