September 29, 2014

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (Romans 14.12-13 ESV)

A Southern Baptist distinctive is the Priesthood of the Believer. It is reflected in the autonomy of our local churches and illustrated in the differences in styles of worship, dress and preaching (among other things) among our churches.  Some churches in the Southern Baptist Convention hold passionately to the King James Version of the Bible.  Some hold dear the old hymns.  Others prefer the New International Version or English Standard Version and like more contemporary worship songs mixed in, or even exclusively.  These things may threaten to divide us.

I know churches have split over things as simple as the color of new carpet being installed (and it is despicable! Which is a hellish attitude held by a self-centered bunch of Christians- if they are truly Christians at all).

We are to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5.11), not to hinder one another.  We should not be looking for fights at church, but looking to be equipped and working to bring the Gospel to the world.  We should not put hurdles in the way of each other; we should work together to bring glory to God.