The believer is called to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). Unity is also an important goal we should strive to attain through the five-fold ministry of the church (Ephesians 4:13). Paul chided the Corinthian believers for having a factious, divisive spirit (1Corinthians 3:3-4).
- In the case of contention over major doctrines, we should pause and consider whether this is an occasion which calls for truth to be upheld over unity. The bone of contention has to be a major tenet of the faith before this principle applies. No point quibbling over a “mole hill”. If it is a minor issue, then we should learn to compromise.
- How can light and darkness be joined together?
- How can heresy coexist with truth?
- How can two walk together except they be agreed (Amos 3:3)?
While it is important to be humble and tolerant to get along well with others, we should not compromise the truth for the sake of unity.
SCHISMS: DISAGREEING ON MINOR TRUTHS
As believers, we may have doctrinal differences which divide—one party may view the doctrinal view of another faction as false. But if the error bears little or no eternal consequences, they are not critical.
PICK YOUR BATTLE
What constitutes destructive heresies against which believers must contend?