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11 May, 2007 / theexpositor

Unity Starts with Defining True Doctrine

I can’t say enough how important the website OldTruth.com is to me, and this post featuring a quote by Dr. David Martyn-Lloyd Jones shows why. Thanks Jim.

“The majority-view today holds that the way to produce unity is not to discuss and consider doctrine, but rather to work together and pray together. The slogans include ‘doctrine divides’. This becomes serious when applied to the question of evangelism. The most common argument used is that evangelism is impossible apart from this unity, that a divided church is an offense to the world, and that while we are divided the world will not listen to us. During an evangelistic campaign in London, a Christian newspaper carried the headline: “Let us have a theological truce during the Campaign“. Read More….

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3 Comments

  1. Charlie Northcroft / May 13 2007 8 47

    I am amazed how many times people like you and I justify our point of view by falling back into legalism.
    However we should always remember a devided Church is an offense to Jesus who prayed that we might be one as He and the Father are one Jn 17.

    We were saved by grace and faith in Christ and we should be doing everything we can to answer Jesus’s prayer, not trying to justify our “truth” or our doctrines!
    The whole book of Galations reminds us not to fall back into that way of thinking. See Gal 5:13-16.

    We need to reflect on Jesus’s words more and realize that that he says to love one another as he has loved us. Are We willing to die for one another or for sinners whose truth and doctrine does not match ours?

  2. Charlie Northcroft / May 13 2007 8 49

    I am amazed how many times people like you and I justify our point of view by falling back into legalism.
    However we should always remember a devided Church is an offense to Jesus who prayed that we might be one as He and the Father are one Jn 17.

    We were saved by grace and faith in Christ and we should be doing everything we can to answer Jesus’s prayer, not trying to justify our “truth” or our doctrines!
    The whole book of Galations reminds us not to fall back into that way of thinking. See Gal 5:13-16.

    We need to reflect on Jesus’s words more and more and realize that that he says to love one another as he has loved us. Are We willing to die for one another or for sinners whose truth and doctrine does not match ours?

  3. Scott Reiber / May 22 2007 22 08

    Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones really needs no defense. His outstanding Gospel ministry at Westminster Chapel in London is a hallmark of godly fidelity to the Word of God and to his Lord, Jesus Christ. The previous response (Northcroft) is perhaps not acquainted with Dr.Lloyd-Jones ministry. I would urge this gentlemen to read the entirety of the article by following the links.

    Further, the reference by Northcroft to Galatians 5:13-15, cannot be taken as an insistence upon some kind of blind unity that dismisses Biblical truth. After all the Apostle Paul who in virtually all his other Epistles spends time commending a common salvation among those to whom he is writing begins the Epistle to the Galatians in a far different manner! His short introduction abruptly ends with the words of v.6, “I marvel thta you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which isnot another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ…..” In this particular instance it was those who wished to add their works to Christ. It seems that the Apostle Paul (by inspiration of the Spirit) was doing everything he could to be conformed to Christ’s prayer (Jn. 17) for unity by defending the truth of Christ. After all the Lord prays for the unity of those who have been given and have kept the Word which the Father gave Him to commit to them. He prays, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” If we pray this same prayer of our Lord shall we not also love others and urge them to receive, keep, and live God’s truth?

    Scott Reiber

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