Pastor's Blog: Sacrificing Truth on an Altar of Unity
We might ask the question, “Which is more important, truth or unity?” It is a fair question, and your answer will reveal whether you understand the biblical revelation correctly or not. I am working on a new blog for my website which I hope to publish soon on this subject. But in brief, the concept of unity first at all costs has been one of the mantras of moderate and liberal Christians for centuries. According to their way of thinking, the most important thing is that we all agree and go forward together. You should realize that for that to happen the weakest, most watered-down positions get elevated to equal status, or worse, superior status, to sound biblical doctrines.
Unity at all costs comes at a price no believer should be willing to pay. Proverbs 23:23 says, “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.” In Ephesians 4:1-6 Paul appeals to the believers to “keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.” He then lays out several key doctrines that are essentially the building blocks of true unity. Unity isn’t something we make, it’s something we keep. The basis of true biblical unity is the foundation of truth we stand on. If you are learning, loving and living the truth, then you will be united with your fellow true believers.
Consequently, we should understand that truth is fundamental and essential to any unity we may have. If someone is doctrinally unsound or worse, teaching false doctrine, we should not endeavor to be unified with them. Amos 3:3 is direct in this regard, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” The obvious answer is no. The context is actually God’s punishment for evil. We dare not walk in agreement with those whom God will ultimately punish for their theological errors.
The issues we are facing in the Southern Baptist Convention run down this line. Moderate and liberal Baptists want unity. By unity they mean, keep sending us your money and don’t ask any questions. After all, they would say, “We all love Jesus and need to share the gospel. If the culture sees that we disagree, we will turn them off and they won’t listen to us.” But the Bible warns us about this scheme. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Romans 16:17–20).
This coming Lord’s Day, Lord willing, we will continue our study of First John. We’ll take a look at chapter 2, verses 3-6, on the subject, “How to Know that You Know Him.” Where does our assurance come from? It comes from doing the will of God, knowing the Word of God, and delighting in our walk with God.
FAMILY WOW (Worship on Wednesday)- continues this week and we continue our study of Hebrews.
As always, I am looking forward to what God will do at Tabernacle this coming Sunday! Please be present with your Bibles in hand as we worship the Lord together!
Blessings, YFJS, Bro. Tom