Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Luke 11:14-23
In today’s verses we find Jesus expelling a mute demon from a man. Some in the crowd accuse Jesus of casting out the demon with the help of Beelzebul , the price of the demons. We have Jesus doing a good thing and some want to put an evil cast on His actions. Then Jesus does something we should try to emulate. Jesus shows them that what they are saying does not make sense. Why would Satan cast out Satan? Why would Satan work against himself?
Sometimes we in the church seem to be against each other and many times we are. We take little things and make mountains out of them. We take a verse out of the Bible and the lack of a verse and make doctrines that separate us from each other. These are what I like to call “the what color is the carpet” issues. Those are doctrines that have nothing to do with salvation. Churches split over minor points with sadly frequent regularity.
One issue I saw firsthand and how it ruined a church was spiritual gifts and if they are still in force today. I have great Christian friends who come down on both sided of this issue. Some say they have ceased today while others say they are still in force. Yet, whether we are speaking about tongues, prophesy or healing they do not have one iota salvation effect. Those who practice these gifts are not any more saved than those that do not. Yet a church my family attend split of this very issue and it became so bad most found new church homes. We argue about when or if there will be a rapture. Will Jesus come back before the tribulation or if the tribulation will even happen or that it already has happened. No matter what side of any of these issues you believe they will not save you.
Jesus and Jesus alone saves us. It is that acceptance of Him and the works He did that save us. So instead of spending our time fighting among ourselves maybe we should turn that energy to proclaiming to Gospel to those who have yet to believe. Jesus tells us Satan is smart enough not to fight against himself. We need to wise up and do the same. And it is not that the church will fall, Jesus tells us “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock1 I will build my church, and the gates of hell2 shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18 ESV) our infighting will not derail God’s plan but it makes Satan happy as we are expending energy that would be better spent doing Kingdom work.
Have a blessed day,