This truth complements the passage I have been studying for this coming Lord’s Day sermon. Paul emphasizes, in 1 Corinthians 3:10–17, that the Corinthian church ("you" is plural) is the temple and building of God. Oftentimes preachers miss the plural "you" and take this passage as a declaration of individuals as the temple of the Spirit, a truth taught elsewhere in Corinthians. However, the local church at Corinth is the focus of Paul’s statements. The statement is very strong in regard to God’s concern for his church. Paul says, "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Cor 3:17). This is a sobering statement. Destruction from God comes on those who destroy local churches. If more Christians understood this they would be much more careful about pushing their personal agendas and fighting over petty issues in their local church. How many churches have been damaged by the selfish and sinful choices of those who decide to split the church in order to get their own way, or because they did not get their own way. On the other hand, this also applies to those who teach false-doctrine and destroy the local church through winning disciples to their unbiblical teachings. We must always remember that the cause of Christ in his local churches is bigger than us. It is not about our agendas, but about Christ’s mission.