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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.
Previously, I mentioned that unity is a very important concept in the Church. I also mentioned some doctrinal disagreements are OK. That comment probably raised a few eyebrows, so I want to explain further.
Yes, there are doctrinal divides that separate true Christians from non-Christians or cults. But Paul says this about them: “With one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.” (Philippians 1:27-27)
For those who are actually opposed to the Gospel, the unity of faith shown by the true Church will be a sign of coming destruction. Paul isn’t telling them to separate themselves from bad doctrine. He’s saying that, in the end, bad doctrine ends in destruction, and unity in the true faith shows what REAL faith should be like.
I am comforted by the fact that it’s not my decision whether others are in the Church or not. That’s God’s decision.
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