The following post is not claiming divine authorization for any church moves. Nor is it saying that such practice is normative for all times. It does, however, clearly rebut the claim that it is always evil sin to “break away” from God’s chosen communion. The meditation is taken from 1 Kings 12ff. We can note several things:
- God “schisms” his “church” (he raises up Jeroboam in response to Israel’s stupidity). Much is made of the fact that God’s people is akin to a seamless garment. The Old Testament is actually quite familiar with that metaphor. God routinely “rips” that garment.
- A division in government is not necessarily a division in covenant people. Rehoboam is sternly forbidden against “forcing” them back into the covenant fold (1 Kings 12:24).
Leithart, Peter. 1&2 Kings. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2006, p. 90ff.