11 [a]For it hath been declared unto me, my brethren, of you by them that are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12 Now [b]this I say, that every one of you saith, I am Paul’s, and I am (A)Apollos’s, and I am Cephas’s and I am Christ’s.

13 [c]Is Christ divided? was [d]Paul crucified for you? either were ye [e]baptized into the name of Paul?

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  1. 1 Corinthians 1:11 He beginneth his reprehension and chiding by taking away of an objection: for that be understood by good witnesses, that there were many factions among them. And therewithall he openeth the cause of dissensions, because that some did hang on one doctor, some on another, and some were so addicted to themselves, that they neglected all doctors and teachers, calling themselves the disciples of Christ only, shutting forth their teachers.
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:12 The matter I would say to you, is this.
  3. 1 Corinthians 1:13 The first reason why schisms ought to be eschewed: because Christ formeth by that means, to be divided and torn in pieces, who cannot be the head of two divers and disagreeing bodies, being himself one.
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:13 Another reason: Because they cannot without great injury to God so hang of men as of Christ: which thing no doubt they do, which allow whatsoever some man speaketh, even for his person’s sake: as these men allowed one selfsame Gospel being uttered of one man, and did loathe it being uttered of another man. So that these factions were called by the names of their teachers. Now Paul setteth down his own name not only to grieve no man, but also to showeth it he pleadeth not his own cause.
  5. 1 Corinthians 1:13 The third reason taken of the form and end of Baptism, wherein we make a promise to Christ, calling on also the Name of the Father and the holy Ghost. Therefore although a man does not fall from the doctrine of Christ, yet if he hang upon some certain teachers, and despise others, he forsaketh Christ: for if he hold Christ his only master, he would hear him, teaching by whomsoever.

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