Theology! Doctrine! All Christians seem to have them! When you get three Christians together you will get three different versions of theology and doctrine. Often you get some nasty fights! However, that can be expected as we are all Brothers and Sisters and siblings often fight! Just yesterday on Facebook I was accused of not being loving and kind with one guy telling me to, "Get over it, Larry!" Of course when I post stuff on Facebook or even in my preaching and teaching I am opening myself to criticism. Just recently a couple, older in age and former pastors (the worst kind of critics!) left our church because they didn't agree with my teaching on Eternal Security. I've told our people that they don't have to agree with my teaching in order to be a part of our church, just don't be disagreeable! But people often vote with their feet and leave the congregation or hit the Unfriend Button. You know the drill! You see, I've unfriended people I don't agree with too! However, that's the old me, the more intolerant me and I'm not that guy anymore so I'm not so quick to hit the Unfriend Button!
So, even in the "Grace Camp" (for lack of a better term) there are those I have strong disagreements with and they with me! However, I've been noticing something lately and that is those I disagree with have based their theology/doctrine on God's love! Now I may not agree with their outcome of their understanding of God's love, but I sure do agree with their basic premise! Therefore, anyone who has a theology/doctrine based upon God's love, even if I don't agree with them, are pretty awesome people! I can go with them, arm and arm, strongly holding onto the God who is the basis of their thinking!
On the other hand there are those who teach a theology/doctrine of mixing works with Grace. They are promoting another Gospel, one of works and religion. I have a real hard time with those these days! But that is another story for another time!
By the way, It's never those who promote God's love that hit their Unfriend Button on me or walk out of my church, it's always the other group. Isn't that interesting?
Grace and peace!