Why is it that Christians today argue about the finest points of doctrine and divide into factions over issues the early church seems not to have cared about? Even those of us who claim to be “New Testament Christians” use the Bible to build theologies and doctrines that are mostly true and good but sometimes become dumping grounds for our own factionalism and prejudice. Why do we demand that every Christian agree on doctrines the church got along fine without for centuries?
It should be clear from reading the New Testament that God doesn’t mind for his people to have different opinions on a wide range of topics. It’s also clear that God wants Christians to be of one mind when it comes to turning from sin, denying ourselves, and following Jesus Christ.
It’s human nature to focus our attention on the shiniest trinket along the path and forget the ultimate goal. Christians will spend time arguing about a thousand issues of opinion and in the process do nothing to glorify God. Maybe that’s why the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians he made up his mind to preach nothing but Jesus Christ crucified.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley