I noticed one of those “pure-Christianity” watchdog websites starting a series on unity beginning with defining true doctrine, and I just shook my head. Immediately, I thought this would be a fool’s errand — if the church has demonstrated anything at all, it’s that agreement on what is “true” doctrine is not possible, has never been possible, and never will be possible. Apparently we only see dimly and only know in part… and the thing we seem to know the least is how little we know. What we can agree on, I think, is purpose. Even this isn’t universally agreed, but it’s the one piece of ground where the most commonality exists.

The New Testament speaks of those who despite their motives and doctrine being askew, yet fulfil the purpose, and should therefore be left alone. This is not saying the ends justify the means, but it is saying what’s important.

What do you think? Is unity or unanimity on doctrinal issues important, or possible? If so, which issues… all, or just some? If we can agree on purpose, is that enough?

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