Doctrinal Essentials

When it comes to unity what criteria should Christians use to determine what an essential belief is? Unfortunately, division characterizes much of the Christian body. One group seems all too eager to disassociate with or even eliminate others that do not agree 100% with what their own beliefs. What is God's will with regard to determining the essentials of the faith in contrast to those issues that are only of secondary importance? 

We believe the Bible has to be the final authority to determine what the essentials of the faith should be. For Christians to go beyond what the Bible reveals as essential beliefs leads to division and too often hatred of those Christians that may not agree completely with everything they hold to be essential beliefs. 

The following video by Frank Hannegraf deals with the issue and the Biblical solution to deriving the essentials of the faith. While we may not all agree on the essentials, we need to ask ourselves whether a point of disagreement should be considered an essential issue or one that is of secondary importance. One way of determining this is to seek God's help in deciding what an essential or non-essential issue is from what we have read in the Bible. We  then need to ask God if this is such an important belief that it warrants division or a rejection of other professing Christians.


Doctrinal Essentials





 
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