10/30: Denominational Tolerance
Perhaps my upbringing in a non-denominational church is the cause for my tolerance of denominational slants. Graduating from a non-denominational, Christian university played into that tolerance as well. If I had to position myself, I would say I’m a three-point Calvinist, believing strongly in justification by faith with an understanding that faith without works is dead.
Denominationalism is a result of strong opinions as to the practical outworking of our faith. Should we sprinkle or immerse? Do we take communion once a month or every week? Should women be allowed to preach? On and on it goes. One day we’ll understand that we actually agree on the basics: we should get baptized, we should observe Holy Communion, and we should hear and grow from the preaching of the Word.
I hear Paul preaching denominational tolerance. Romans 3:29-30 says, “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith” (NIV).
Gaining Heaven is about whether or not we get the basics right.
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