Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!
- Psa 133:1
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
- Eph 4:13
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- Eph 4:3
The call for unity of Christians to "just get along" is a great idea and for most issues (clothing choice, movie convictions and other "standards" issues) unity is a great thing. I can get over the fact that you don't like mixed swimming but getting over a doctrinal error is another matter all together.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
- Gal. 1:6,7.
They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
- 1 John 4:4-6
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
- 2 Cor. 11:13-15.
So what is the harm in having people just get along? In this Politically Correct world we have a increased pressure to get along with each other and not point out the doctrinal differences, just trying to witness and be at peace with each other.
So what does it matter? Why does a difference in doctrine matter if we can agree to jsut disagree? What does it matter if we just dont agree on all these issues or we just ignore these issues?
Believe it or not, doctrine is the core of our faith. Doctrine is the strength of our belief. Doctrine is the driving force to witness. Doctrine helps determine the will of God in our life.
Part of the problem and the reason people do not want to deal with doctrine is that they have never learned, never studied, never bothered to give it thought. Sadly, they have never been taught.
Doctrine is important. Consistent Doctrine in the church is what the apostles were fighting for. It is what the many "issues" of the church in the New Testament books were about.
"We as Christians are to love one another genuinely and to seek unity. However, it should be remembered that it is the "unity of the faith" that we are to maintain; and it is the truth that we are to speak in love. If members of the professing Body have erred, then if we love them, we will correct them. ["Open rebuke (is) better than secret love" (Prov. 27:5).] If this brings division, then so be it."
So where you stand on Doctrine is important. Where you stand on the Truth is important. Are you worried about what other church members would "think?" Are you worried about what the world will say about you?
You have a choice, to stand for the Truth or...
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Note: The teaching of election from the very lips of Christ, has caused many to just walk away.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
- John 6:65-66