Arguments among Christians over doctrine and practice… I believe Augustine of Hippo got it right!

Disagreement ArgumentsSome Christians have no tolerance for those who disagree with them theologically or in matters of personal preference and practice! Unless there is complete agreement with them in doctrine or practice those who differ are excluded or vehemently vilified. How tragic! How out of step with the teaching of Jesus! This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read what Jesus told his apostolic band…

“John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not one of us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. For the one who is not against us is for us! For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.’” (Mark 9:38-41 ESV)

The great Church father, Augustine of Hippo, is reported to have put it this way… “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in ALL THINGS, charity.” I believe he got it right! With God’s help I want to live that way (and if I foul up and forget, insisting that everyone has to “dot ever ‘I” and cross every ‘T’ just like me,” you remind me, OK?

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