Archive for the ‘unity of church’ Category

better to be divided by truth than to be united by error

October 8, 2011

…it must be lovingly but firmly maintained that it is better to be divided by truth than to be united by error.   There is an unhealthy tendency in evangelical Christianity to hide under the banner of Christian charity while sacrificing doctrinal purity.

Norman Geisler

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Privation for a purpose brings its own content

September 5, 2011

People in Britain who lived through World War II do not remember it with anything like the horror one might have expected. In fact, they often remember it as the best time of their lives. Even allowing for the tendency of time to burnish unpleasant memories with a patina of romance, this is extraordinary. The war, after all, was a time of material shortage, terror, and loss: what could possibly have been good about it?

The answer, of course, is that it provided a powerful existential meaning and purpose. The population suffered at the hands of an easily identifiable external enemy, whose evil intentions it became the overriding purpose of the whole nation to thwart. A unified and preeminent national goal provided respite from the peacetime cacophony of complaint, bickering, and social division. And privation for a purpose brings its own content.

Theodore Dalrymple

A goal unites a people even if they must suffer hardships together to attain it. Ought not the gospel to be that unifying force for Christians as we deny ourselves to make Christ known?