essentials

I have heard it said: “Let us unite on the essentials and have grace on the non-essentials”

I agree with that. But, then the discussion turns to the question of “What are the essentials that we are supposed to unite on?”

The Bible may not tell us everything there is to know, but it does tell us everything we NEED to know.

My observation thus far has been that there are many things in the Bible that are crystal clear.

There are also some things that require time, study, and spiritual discernment to understand. These things best understood by “getting to know” God and His nature.

Additionally, there are some things that are prophetic and “sealed” (their meaning is not clear)¬†right now, but will become clearer as we approach the in the time for which they were written.

The more essential it is, the clearer it is stated and the easier it is to understand. Since we are to recieve the kingdom of God as a little child (Luke 18:17, Mark 10:15), then the essentials should be simple enough for a child to understand.

If you have to really do some hard core gymnastics to stretch it beyond its obvious meaning, your doing it wrong. We get into trouble when we put our own pet theories, traditions of men, and doctrines of devils ahead of the simplicity of God’s Word.

We must unite around the truth, even if the truth is sometimes hard to take.  The key is for us to submit ourselves to the truth as reavealed in the Bible.

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