I was watching a video linked to our Blog website “Let’s talk post modernism and the emerging church” and was struck by a comment by RC Sproul, “Truth is too important to kill it in the streets for the sake of peace”. He says this in response to differing opinions in the understanding of Biblical doctrine amongst Christians. Although he highlights that if we disagree doctrinally within the church it’s a bad thing, we can’t ignore it and sweep our differences of understanding under the carpet.
Truth is just too important
We must always strive to seek Biblical truth so we can graciously and boldly proclaim, teach and apply it within the church. Sweeping our differences of opinion under the carpet for the sake of peace and unity, particular on key Biblical teachings, will lead to a false unity, where in reality there are significant differences, much of which may have no biblical basis at all.
Love and Truth are Intertwined
We can agree to disagree on minor nuances of doctrine, but promoting an artificial unity in spite of major theological differences may have tragic, eternal consequences if not addressed. Hiding the truth under a lamp shade or the carpet is not love. It is the most unloving thing one can do. Love and truth are intertwined. We must always seek to uphold and proclaim truth with a gracious and loving attitude. Our motive should always be to glorify God and see people mature in their understanding and relationship with God and each other.
I am keen to hear what others think of this move in the church to compromise or not pursue Biblical truth for the sake of ‘unity’ and ‘reaching the lost’.
What are your thoughts on this?
How can we be sensitive to where people are in their understanding of the Bible and God as well as build them up in truth?
How can we build a church-culture whereby we can boldly proclaim and receive biblical truth, threby maturing mutually in our faith, understanding that none of us has all the answers?
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.