but only when the blade is rubbed against the steel.
What am I getting at? Well, from time to time, I see people given the "right boot of fellowship" when they disagree with someone who claims authority over a ministry, a church, or so on. The response to the dissenter very often does not even address the content of the dissent, but centers around a few arguments: "you're welcome to leave," "I've got lots of friends who agree with me," and "you obviously don't understand this theology."
While sometimes separation is necessary, the ugly fact is that in all too many cases, the "right boot" is applied without the issue being debated.
In other words, iron is not coming into contact with iron, and hence the blade is becoming dull. As much as we dislike controversy, the reality is that friction is needed to sharpen us. You can see this, sad to say, in the tens of thousands of protestant denominations in the USA. Failing to debate and be corrected, we separate and become dull and useless for the Master's work.
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