4 “For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?”
For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?
Greek culture placed great emphasis on heroes. Often they would proclaim a hero a god. Their naming of Paul and Apollos is a case in point. The word “another” means another of a different kind or affinities. Each Christian group had its own special hero. The Corinthian believers included Paul in their divisions and he would have none of it.
Factions are a sign of carnality.
Many believers have heroes they exalt above other people’s heroes. They use these personalities as fronts for controversy. They take sides against each other. All this reduces carnal believers to little people. They treat others on the basis of their carnal character and not on the basis of divine wisdom, principles from God’s Word. They live like animals. One animal growls and the other growls back.
Galatians 5: 15But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!