February 25th, 2018
Questions Concerning Biblical Matters
Acts 15:5-6 (KJB) But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
Some people may think that the early church was without many conflicts, errors, problems, or controversies as found in many churches today. However, nothing is further from the truth. These verses provide an example of strict Jewish believers who believed it was necessary to keep the law and circumcise males. This ancient conflict stemmed from differences in mindset, traditions, beliefs, and works between the Jews and recently converted Gentile believers.
Perhaps these things are no longer argued about in the modern churches today, but there are other theological disagreements often disputed among men. Yes, today there is a plethora of theological errors and variances in interpretations far removed from that which God has revealed in His Word.
One thing that should be the same now, as it was in ancient biblical times, pastors, elders, and leaders in a church should assemble to consider any such matters of contention and strife over theological differences brewing among members of their church. God’s Word can solidly resolve any such contention according to truths and precepts outlaid in God’s Word. There is no need for such differences to brew and create any long term spiritual conflict between brothers and sisters in Christ.
God gave mankind His Word to parlay His Truth and to rightly settle any divisions or differences in theology among believers in a church. God declares that His Word can be rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15) for defining and resolving any such theological questions ruminating among men.