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02 October, 2007 / theexpositor

Which Biblical Doctrines Are ‘Non-Essential’?


After my earlier post, which addressed today’s tendency to classify unpopular biblical doctrines as “non-essential”, I received an anonymous email from a reader in the seeker-sensitive camp. In their protest against all of this attention to doctrine, they said: “What???. . .the basics are what matters! Jesus was born of a virgin, died for our sins, and rose again! Does all this theology and doctrine study make us more like Christ or more like a Pharisee?” With the backdrop of that modern sentiment, I thought I’d allow someone from times-past to express his views on what biblical doctrines, if any, should be considered non-essential. … [Read More!]


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  1. brett / Oct 2 2007 14 30

    I like CS Lewis’s view on the subject, from one of the most often cited but misunderstood (or just plain unread) books of all time.

    [excerpt from the Preface to MERE CHRISTIANITY]:
    from CS Lewis:

    “I hope no reader will suppose that ‘mere’ Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions – as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must he asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular doorkeeper?’

    When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still In the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.”

    Great link for Mere Christianity audio book download:

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