Can Two Walk Together
in Doctrinal Disagreement?
Many brethren today are proposing the two
can be in disagreement doctrinally and still be united in one faith.
This is biblically impossible. We are going to look at unity upon
truth, some doctrines that divide us, and what we as faithful saints MUST
do about it.
I. Unity in Diversity is
a foreign doctrine, because it is not a biblical doctrine.
A. Amos 3:3 “Can
two walk together, except they be agreed?”
II. What should faithful brethren
do about the erring doctrines facing us today?
1. NO! II John 9-11.
B. God expects unity upon one truth:
1. Jesus prayed for it (John 17:17-23).
2. The inspired Apostle Paul condemned division
(I Corinthians 1:10).
3. God says we must walk by the same rule
A. We should watch for those who
would bring these doctrines as the Bible warns they will come in among
us (Acts 20:28-32 and Jude v. 4).
III. Some ERRING doctrines
that divide the church today
1. We should study to know the truth
so we can identify error (II Timothy 2:15 and I Peter 3:15).
B. We should say what even a demon knew to say:
I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” - Acts 19:11-16
1. We can know them by their fruits
C. We should mark false teachers and avoid them
1. Maintaining NO fellowship with
them at all (Ephesians 5:11 and II John 9-11).
D. We should hate every false way (Psalms 119:104-105).
2. Not even for one hour (Galatians
3. We should arm ourselves with the truth
and fight these false doctrines (Ephesians 6:17 and Jude v. 3).
A. Instrumental music in worship
1. The Bible has a pattern for approved
N.T. song worship:
B. Grace will cover sins of those who DO NOT
obey the Gospel:
a. Matthew 26:30
2. We have scriptural authority for ALL that
we do (Colossians 3:17 and Revelation 22:18-19).
b. Mark 14:26
c. Acts 16:25
d. I Corinthians 14:15
e. Ephesians 5:19
f. Colossians 3:16
g. Hebrews 2:12
h. James 5:13
3. But our brethren are saying: (click
here to see quotes on “I.M.”)
1. Those who do not obey the Gospel
of Christ are eternally lost (II Thessalonians 1:8-9, II John v. 9 and
C. One can divorce and remarry for causes other
a. One cannot be saved outside of
the body of Christ (John 14:6 and Ephesians 5:23).
2. But, our brethren are teaching: (click
here to see quotes on “Grace Covers All”)
(1) That church being the church
of Christ (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:4, and Romans
b. One is outside of Christ until they are immersed
into Christ (Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, and I Corinthians 12:12-13).
c. Shall we continue in sin that grace may
abound? - GOD FORBID Romans 6:1-2.
1. A man and a woman must remain
married with the only exception to that being to the innocent party in
which their spouse commits fornication (Matthew 19:3-9).
D. Denominational baptisms are valid:
a. If there is a parting for other
reasons than fornication the only relationship to be formed is the one
that was broken (I Corinthians 7:10-11).
2. Of course, when a mate dies that frees one
from the bond of marriage (Romans 7:1-6).
3. But, our brethren are saying: (click
here to see quotes on MDR).
1. The Bible teaches that one must
obey the truth (John 8:32).
E. One does not need to know the purpose of
a. We obey doctrine (Romans 6:17).
2. But are brethren are saying: (click
here to see quotes on Den. Baptism)
b. We must understand about the identity
of the church when converted (Matthew 13:19, Acts 8:12, Acts 28:30-31,
and I Corinthians 1:18). Understanding this would make it impossible
to be converted into a denominational church.
c. For more on this subject click
F. Unity in Diversity:
a. Is for the remission of sins
2. That is the truth, and Christ said the truth
will set you free (John 8:32), not you shall be set free then know the
b. Is a washing away of sins (Acts 22:16).
c. Fulfills the command to be baptized (Acts
d. Puts one into Christ (Galatians 3:27).
e. Puts one into the church (I Corinthians
12:12-13 & Acts 2:47).
f. Puts one into Christ giving them a newness
of life (Romans 6:3-6).
g. Makes on a new creature (II Corinthians
h. Saves (I Peter 3:20-21).
3. Our brethren are saying: (click
here to see Jimmy Allen quotes)
1. For refutation see point I in
2. Our brethren are saying: (see
quotes on Unity in Diversity)
1. The Bible teaches that is the
work of the church out of it’s treasury to care for needy saints (Acts
2:44-45, Romans 15:25-27, I Corinthians 16:1-4, II Corinthians 8:4, 9:1;
12-14, and I Timothy 5:3-16).
H. Interpreting the Bible differently:
a. We are to do all things by the
authority of Christ (Colossians 3:17).
here to see a more indepth defense of the truth exposing Institutionalism
b. There is not authority for the church
to aid non-saints therefore it is sinful to do so (I John 3:4).
c. It is the work of the individual saints
to care for “all men” (Matthew 25:31-43, Galatians 6:7-10, and James 1:26-27).
d. Since it is not the work of the church
out of it’s treasury to aid non-saints, then the question of the expediencies
of Institutions to carry out these works is a non-issue.
3. Some of our brethren are saying: (click
here to see quotes on Institutionalism)
1. The Bible provides us with all
we need to know and teaches it is not to be interpreted differently (II
Peter 1:3; 20).
a. There is only one system of faith
2. Some of our brethren are teaching: (click
here to see quotes on Interpretation)
b. To take God’s word and change it to fit
our doctrines is sinful, and is called “another Gospel” (Galatians 1:6-12).
Many more divisions are among us, but clearly
the point has been made. We know what Christ and the Apostles taught,
we cannot walk with (fellowship) those who do not agree with the pattern
of the New Testament. To do so is to partake in their evil deeds
(II John 9-11). When someone fellowships those who are teaching these
false doctrines, then the local church is in need of marking them and withdrawing
themselves from them (II Thess. 3:6, 14-15).
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