Sorry the full title didn't fit. Differentiating Biblical Truth, Personal Convictions, & Personal Preference... Re: Unity in the Church
Last night in our church home group we were discussing the idea of absolute truth vs relativism.
In reading 1 Cor. 1 today Paul was speaking to the Church in Corinth (1 Cor. 1) and to false teachers... On Unity... People were saying they were followers of Paul, Apollos, Christ…
Which brings up the question.
How do we make decisions? Particularly on Spiritual matters…
There's 3 categories as I understand it: Biblical Truth, Personal Convictions, and Personal Preference. Examples in parenthesis are mine below.
A. Biblical Truth - (Do not get drunk it is a dishonor to God)
B. Personal Convictions - (Drinking alcohol in moderation is okay)
C. Personal Preferences - (Drink alcohol once or twice a year)
Can you think of others?
Re: Unity in the Church... Most of our issues of division come from personal convictions and personal preferences. We are called to unity not based on how much we like each other but instead on our identity in Christ.
If we're not careful we as Believers will be divided by personal convictions and personal preference. Therefor we miss the truth and our purpose found in the Gospel - to make Jesus known among the nations. First in our neighborhoods, in the country we live in, and to the ends of the earth!
Food for thought.