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Win Souls - Not Arguements

Win Souls - Not Arguements

Posted by Gabe Vaughan on 19th Apr 2020

     Often, I see people dogmatically argue insignificant "religious" issues, and sadly I have done it as well. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.” If every believer lived by that rule, arguing would virtually disappear.

      The term Christian has been badly misused in recent years. Anyone who celebrates Christmas or who attends church can claim to be a “Christian.”

      However, according to Jesus, “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven.”

     Selfish ambition, pride, and greed can rule within a church just as in the world. I believe those who have truly placed their faith in Christ and are allowing His Spirit to transform them are filled with Humility and Grace.

     When we surrender our lives to Jesus, and try to live as He lived, we can discuss our differences of opinion and work through disagreements with humility and civility. It is ok, and healthy, to debate differences of minor issues. However, the deity of Christ, salvation through faith, and the need for repentance are not negotiable.

     While I believe there is only one accurate interpretation of everything in the Bible, I have to accept that my ability to discern accurately can be faulty at times. Most church denominations arose out of these contrasting interpretations.

     Paul addressed this in Romans 14. He warns believers to welcome those new to the faith who may have convictions that differ from those of our own. “One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”

     In other words, there are some issues that are not Heaven and Hell matters, and we need to practice grace in accepting the sincerely held convictions of other believers. Doing so would eliminate much of the arguing that harms the reputation of Christians.

     Don't base your belief, or your salvation, on another person's interpretation of the scriptures. Study God's Word and share with others (2 Timothy 2:15), but do so with humility and love, giving grace to other believers who see things differently (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). Graciously debate minor issues while hold fast the the foundational Christian Beliefs. Share the Gospel, forgiveness, hope, and love of Jesus Christ with others.