How do you handle differences in opinion about doctrine?
Since the Church was founded it seems that Christians have had great difficulty in
agreeing on what behavior is acceptable for Christians. There are some things that are
undeniably sinful, such as murder, adultery, idolatry, lying, stealing, etc., and this
article does not address these issues. There are other areas that are not so easily
decided in terms of black or white - those "gray" areas that seem to cause so
much conflict in Christ's Body. What does the Bible have to say about eating meat,
drinking wine, observing holy days, or other areas not specifically covered by the New
Testament? What is allowed? What attitude should we have towards our brothers and sisters
who disagree with us?
The main scripture passage that deals with these issues is Romans 14:1-15:13 and the principles are not as cut and dried as what you might think. In fact, the governing principle according to the Apostle Paul, is not what YOU think, but what your brother or sister in Christ thinks!
AREAS OF CONFLICT MENTIONED
1. Eating Meat vs. Only Vegetables (Romans 14:2-3; 6; 14-17; 20-21; 23)
2. Observances of a Holy Day (Romans14:5-6)
3. Drinking wine (Romans 14:21)
4. ETC.: Gray areas not covered by any New Testament commandments (Romans 14:21; Colossians 2:16-17; I Timothy 4:3)
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
There are probably thousands of gray areas that can lead to Doubtful Disputations in our everyday walk with Christ. We need to be prepared to ALWAYS respond in love and remember NOT to be judgmental now matter how convinced we are that we are right.
DON'T BE A PHARISEE!!!
"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 15:5-6)
Father God, help us to be loving in all our ways, and to be
tenderhearted towards our brothers and sisters for whom Christ died. Speaking the truth in
love, let us draw together in the unity of the spirit as members of the Body of Christ,
encouraging one another as Your coming draws near.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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