Gracious disagreement on non-essentials (🧡):

I hold to certain positions when it comes to various secondary theological questions. I used to want to correct others who disagreed and saw this as an important part of my Xian walk.

Then something funny happened... 1/
I started to find that intelligent, faithful believers reading the same Bible held different views and yet, I saw the fruit of the Spirit!
Wait! How could this be?

In fact, the further I went in my theological/biblical studies, I realized there's a lot I don't know. 2/
More importantly, I started to see that the Kingdom & Body of XC are made up of believers & congregations of many diverse doctrinal views, confessions, and denominations.
There are wonderfully fruitful brothers & sisters with whom I disagree on various issues. 3/
On the other hand, I also saw that there was no single denomination or tradition that was immune to sins and horrible abuses.
Even those who held my views were capable of egregious sin.
The fruit of the Spirit and sinfulness are present in every Christian tradition. 4/
When it comes to non-essentials, I realized that a particular set of theological ideas & practices did not make any one group superior to other groups in terms of Spiritual fruit.
People come to XC and grow through all different churches & theological traditions. 5/
So I have come to see the beauty & value of the wonderful adage:

In essentials unity, In non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.

This is a wonderful way to love one another as Jesus loved us.
Why attack & devour one another over questions where there are reasonable differences in the interpretation of Scripture.

The Lord is at work in many different churches & traditions.
Let's not demean whom he loves.
There's plenty of better work to be done. /End

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