Oh, the pains of rivalry. The early Christians knew all about the destructive nature of church splits and endless schisms. That’s why notable ancients beginning with Paul and continuing with Clement, Cyprian, and Augustine stressed Christian unity in their writings. It’s something that never seems to go away, despite Jesus’ prayer in John 17 “that all of them may be one.”
Today I’d like to tell you about the story of a troubled church in desperate need of Christlike humility. It’s the story of a remarkable writing, known as 1st Clement.