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In Fire Storm, Ron Susek writes, “It’s all too easy to assume that someone who intensely disagrees with you is either dead wrong at best, or demon possessed at worst. Be sure that the person is clearly sinning before God and not merely engaging in valid disagreement. What’s the difference? Valid disagreement is negotiable. People resolve issues, even at personal loss, for the sake of Christ. But those who have given themselves over to an evil-based disagreement hold forth rigid ultimatums. Saving face is more important than God’s glory. It is critical that you fast and pray until God reveals motives.”

--Firestorm, P.158 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson.

Acts 15:36-41 (ESV) “And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.’ (37) Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. (38) But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. (39) And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, (40) but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. (41) And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.”

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