I suppose this post is primarily for Christian readers, but hopefully it would be resonate in some way with anyone. No promises, though.
There’s a popular saying in Christian circles that goes, “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” Effectively, keep you priorities in order. We don’t make more important small things than large things. In fellowship with believers it is essential that we have unity in the Gospel, and in answering the question of who Jesus is. It is slightly less important (thought not irrelevant) to be in agreement on the length of creation days or in premillennialism/amillennialism/premillennialism. It would be, therefore, even less critical to share convictions over which particular songs should be sung on any given Sunday morning. We can disagree on things not at the very heart of the Gospel and still coexist.
Unfortunately at times, Christians have the very terrible confusion of these categories, whereby they put the lesser things in place of the higher. “Oh, you watch Rated PG-13 movies? You’re a bad Christian.” “Oh, you think the days of creation were ________ long? Apostasy!”
We also see this with apologetic methodology. Presuppositionalists might argue that evidentialists use an approach that puts the unbeliever in an unbiblical position. Evidentialists might argue that presuppositionalists ignore the example of the Apostles in appealing to evidence. (Don’t shoot me, people. I am just using an example. I am not debating methodology.) While this or that view might be right, I doubt most people would conclude that the person of the differing view is not at all a Christian. To such a person you would argue your position, not present the Gospel as to an unbeliever. Continue Reading…