|July 26, 2016|
What is essential Christian doctrine?
With so much doctrinal and denominational diversity in the modern church, Christians need to determine what teachings can and cannot be disagreed upon by orthodox believers. All modern Christians regard some who call themselves Christians as heretics, so it seems critical to verify whether our standards of faith accurately preserve New Testament requirements for doctrinal unity as established by Jesus and the apostles. A popular approach follows the old adage “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” But this axiom does not come from the bible. So, how do we ensure that we are defining essential teaching in a manner consistent with the New Testament regarding what Christians are required to believe?
For more information on
modern and New Testament standards for doctrinal unity, please see our study entitled:
Unity and Excommunication