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Paul the Teacher

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

In the same verse as the previous post, Paul hints at a subject that he touches on in most of his letters: unity. “So that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)

Unity can be, well, divisive. At least in the modern Church, and especially so in the many Protestant denominations. It seems like we (Protestants) are so happy with our protesting that we continue it ad infinitum.

To be sure, there are doctrinal distinctives in the Church. But, we are still ONE Church. Doctrine and theology are important, but they don’t separate brethren. Or, rather, they shouldn’t. We may be a bit too quick to pull the trigger on concepts like, “If they don’t believe such-and-such, they’re not really Christians.”1

One element of doctrine frequently lost in such discussions is unity. Perhaps we should let God be the judge of heresy a little more often than we might be?

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  1. A paraphrase of the thought, not an actual quote.

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