Our pastor recently preached on 1 Timothy 6, where he instructs Timothy to guard the gospel. Pastor Steve took the opportunity to emphasize that while non-essentials are interesting to discuss and debate, they are not what Paul calls us to guard and should not be reason for schism.
This sparked a question for me: how important are non-essentials for you in the church you attend and which ones are important enough for you to leave your church over?
- Nothing, as long as they don't mess with the essentials!
- Tithing / Giving
- Baptism in water
- Baptism in the Holy Spirit
- Eucharist / Communion
- (Not) Once Saved Always Saved
- Speaking in tongues
- Role of women in church
- Church organization (from a theological perspective)
- Gifts of the Spirit
- Other (please specify)