If we really want to be obedient to the New Testament, the church will always be evaluating our doctrines and practices. That’s good, because it reduces the risk that errors will arise or persist. It’s also bad in that it gives us more to fight about.
Let’s face it. The most important truths of God’s Word are clear; but knowledgeable, sincere Christians may disagree on a number of peripheral matters. In Churches of Christ in the United States today, those issues include divorce and remarriage, roles of women, and styles of worship. When sincere Christians disagree on these issues, sometimes within the same eldership, how can we come to consensus?
First of all, by prayer, especially among those who disagree. When we bring our disagreements and limitations before God, we’re reminded of our own weakness, share a common work of prayer, and develop a little humility. Even better, if we sincerely ask for God to help us in resolving our problems, he’ll show us how.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley