Compose a 1250 words assignment on the state of today’s church today in comparison to the corinth church. Needs to be plagiarism free! Carnality, a major problem in the church was greatly absconded by Paul. Cutler (2010) defines carnality as a broad term and includes things such as pride, self-interest, greed, lust for power, and a desire for personal significance. He goes on to argue that Paul admonished the Corinthian believers who were facing strain at Corinth when trying to spread the gospel to a pagan community that despised and viewed it as foolishness. ( 1 Corinthians 1:18-21)
Similar to ancient Corinthians, many of today’s ministries are desperately attempting to market their gospel in resonating ways so that the world would find it acceptable. This is in contrast to following the leading of the Holy Spirit as ministration is seen as an end to convey a gospel that is acceptable to the church. As explained by Wommack (1991), in his commentary Paul’s main purpose in writing the first epistle was to correct the carnality that went on to damage the unity of believers. Sizemore (2012) supports that argument by claiming that divisions stem from carnality because it turns people against each other. Today, the various modes of preaching and differences in propagating the gospel have made believers question if their denomination is faulty making them unable to be committed believers. Sizemore (2012) believes that division brings about carnality. Paul in the early church encourages the Corinthians to be united and not to place the foundation of their faith on those ministering the word but on Jesus Christ. He asserts this by saying, “For no other foundation can be laid other than that of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11)
In today’s church, there are many denominations of Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, and many others. Despite serving the same God, there are distinct differences in the practices such that it is common to find superiority battles between the various denominations. These battles encourage discrimination and as a result, believers undermine other non-believers, considering their denomination as better (Sizemore, 2012).