Unity, Liberty, Charity – The Guide to Doctrine & Dispute

We are thinking on Biblical theology, the 2nd mark of a healthy church.  I have often found when thinking about these things that it is as easy to get into a dispute with those who differ as it is to slip on ice.  Why do I say this?  Because “sound Biblical doctrine” is defined differently by different groups.  Who is right?

Well, historically there has been a way to decide who is right and within the bounds of orthodox Christian belief and who is not.  An obscure little known German Lutheran pastor once said: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” (Rupertus Meldenius) Though one does need to define what is an essential and non-essential doctrine this is helpful to guide us in doctrinal disputes.  Some have defined these things in this order: absolutes, convictions, opinions, and questions. Now in the past I have written on these things in depth, you’ll find them here below linked for you to read:

Our Absolutes Defined: The Apostles Creed

Our Convictions Defined

Our Opinions Defined

Our Questions Defined

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