Summary: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:10 Hav ..
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:10
Having a healthy discussion on a topic, doctrine or important issue can be good, yet in the end if it results in debates, hurt feelings and objections we have to consider if it is good to be done at all. It seemed much more important to the early believers to be united together then to figure out all different types of doctrines together. There was a simplicity that has been reflected in what is called the Apostles Creed or other statements of faith throughout the ages. The naming of that creed is because it was believed to convey basic truths that the Apostles themselves would agree with and was a continuation of the faith once delivered to the saints as we read of in the book of Jude (Jude 1:3). Does that mean we cannot discuss things in the Church? By no means. The Church has discussed many issues which were debated at times, but those issues were important usually towards the fundamental believes. The first 5 Church councils centred on the doctrine of the Divinity and manhood of Jesus Christ. As is stated in Scriptures that if we do not believe Jesus came in the flesh then we are not of His Spirit (1 John 4:2).
So we should discuss different truths and Scriptures in the Church. But if the subject discussion becomes heated and there is quarrelling it would be better to agree with your brother publicly in what you can and and hold to what you believe privately. This calls for great maturity and wisdom in speaking in humility. It is better to agree with a brother that you are Christians and not divide over non-essentials. Let us go forward with meekness towards each other and having in mind the larger picture of the entire body of Christ. This is the way of love and meekness to agree with sister and brothers and not divide, backbite or speak against because we simply do not understand their view. Lord, help keep us small and allow us to gain a greater perspective of your universal Church and how you see it. Amen.