But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
Perhaps you have heard statements like these before:
I believe that Jesus, not Scripture, is our final authority.
I believe in the infallible, inerrant Word of God … and he had a beard.
The Bible is not the word of God; Jesus is.
The Bible is not the fourth member of the Trinity.
“Doctrine divides.” Yes it does. The thing that continually amazes me, however, is that those who say this seem to take for granted that this is a bad thing. But, of course, it is not. Doctrine does divide. And that is a good thing.
It divides between those who believe the doctrine and...
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