“If members of the Trinity agree on all points, then why do
teachers of today and yesterday disagree so often, teachers we would say are
filled with the Spirit?”
The Trinity is in complete agreement. The Trinity is also
absolutely perfect. But men and women are not.
Scripture has the answer. Second Corinthians 3:18 says, “But
we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the
Spirit of the Lord” (NKJV).
We are all a work in progress. Even Spirit-filled Christians
are not perfect. There will come a day of complete knowledge: “For now we see
in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall
know just as I also am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). But that time is yet
Unfortunately, this extends even to our interpretation of
the Bible. When two people differ on the Bible’s clear essential teaching, such
as Christ as the only way to salvation (John 14:6), the one who denies that is
a false teacher. However, differing on some aspects of prophecy is
understandable and is not an essential matter for salvation.
The Bible remains the only way to truly test an answer to
any question. We must firmly hold to clear, essential doctrines. We should have
grace regarding nonessential doctrines where sincere Christians differ.
The oft-quoted dictum “In essentials, unity; in
nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love” is hard to improve upon.
— Ken Horn is the editor of Today’s Pentecostal
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