Unity in Doctrine

Unity In Doctrine


Imagine a church where some believed in pre-millennialism, but others did not. A church where some supported women preachers, but others did not. A church where some believed baptism was for the remission of sins, but others did not. A church where some believed it was proper to use instruments of music, while others believed otherwise. ...a church where some believe miraculous gifts have ceased, but others believe they are still present and active. .... What a mess! There is no way that such a church could exist and be of any good to anyone.   The Lord's church is marked by doctrinal unity, not doctrinal division.

The apostle Paul wrote, "...God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." (1 Corinthians  14:33). God is not responsible for doctrinal division; but rather a lack of understanding His word on the part of men and women. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John  8:32). There are some who simply do not know the truth, and thus, doctrinal division and disputes exist.

Paul called upon the Corinthian church to "...all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." (1 Corinthians 1:10). It is important for God's people to be united on doctrinal matters. Notice the emphasis placed on doctrine in Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus:

It should be evident that doctrine is important to the Lord.  Act 2:42 states, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Antioch church of Christ
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