So many times I have heard preachers discuss what other denominations believe, not like the cultish church denominations, but mainstream denominations. I never realized that the Bible also talks about this. I always thought that the early early years of Christianity as being one church "the church." I guess even back then there differences in beliefs.
Philippians 3:15-16 states "Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind."
As I read this, I realized Paul, and divinely so, God is telling us that we need to walk in unity in the areas that we agree upon. And that God will reveal to us, the truth, in areas that we have disagreements. God, not some great debate of theological interpretations, will reveal truth to us in areas that there are different beliefs. He further tells us that we should walk in agreement and stay focused on these areas so we can be of the same mind.
What a powerful concept. Don;t fight with each other on the differences, instead stand stand together in unity on what you agree upon. If Christian's could unite, truly unite, on the common ground and leave the rest o God - how much more powerful we would be!
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. How much more strong would a unified body of Christ be. We will never agree on everything, but we should stand together in what we agree on.