Division based on sound doctrine vs. division based on unsound doctrine; one is right and one is wrong; Romans 16:17 and contending for the faith
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them”. Romans 16:17
As Christians, we are called to teach and preach the Truth. Sometimes, in doing so, especially in bringing a correction, we may be labeled as “causing trouble”. This is a tactic that the false teachers love to use to avoid returning to the Word of God. The Bible makes it clear in Romans 16:17 that bringing Truth and sound doctrine does not cause trouble. It’s the error and “unsound doctrine” itself that causes trouble within the Body of Christ. I pray that this very common misconception in the Body of Christ would be fixed!
We are called to have unity based on Truth, which is true unity. Unity based on peace or anything else, is not true unity, but false unity. Even the Nazi’s had unity. Even the cults have unity. But, it is not unity based on God’s Word.
Jesus and the Apostle Paul brought Truth and correction. Sometimes, their words were sharp to the religious leaders and hypocrites. They contended for the faith, and were not troublemakers.
Please refer to this interesting article:
“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord”. Jude 1