When We Disagree

by Jon Kauffman

Christians disagree about theology and how we should live the Christian life.

I like to use the example of George Whitfield and John Wesley who had great theological differences. Whitfield and Wesley were in the same Bible Study in college. George Whitfield taught eternal security and John Wesley taught Armenianism. When one of Whitfield’s followers suggested they would not see Wesley in Heaven, Whitfield said, “Yes, you’re right, we won’t see him in heaven. He will be so close to the Throne of God and we will be so far away, that we won’t be able to see him!”

Henry Cook, George Whitfield, 1714 – 1770. Methodist preacher

And as John Wesley said about George Whitfield, “There are many doctrines of a less essential nature with regard to which even the most sincere children of God…are and have been divided for many ages. In these we may think and let think; we may ‘agree to disagree.’”

John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of Methodism PD-US

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 1 John 2:9-11 NIV

I know many people whose lives have been changed by their faith in Jesus. Some of them belong to the Mormon Church and the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church and the Mennonite Church and many other Churches. Some of these followers of Jesus refuse to join any of these worldly descriptions (Denominations) of church. All of us who love Jesus are part of his true body of believers, the ekklesia. In Greek, one meaning of ekklesia “is the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth.” The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

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