Discussion question #1 on The Silent War in the Church Part 17

How do you believe critical issues that have the potential of dividing the church should be resolved?

My answer to question #1 Part 17

The church should seek God’s will on the matter by having the leadership lead the congregation toward discovering God’s will on the issue.  Otherwise, it can become a power play as people unite on one side of the other, or the most politically powerful person or persons make the decision for the whole church.

Discussion question #2 on The Silent War in the Church Part 17

When is the issue fully resolved?

My answer to question #2 Part 17

The issue is resolved when the church as a whole are in agreement about what is God’s will on the matter.  Certainly, not every single person in the early church in Jerusalem agreed the Gentiles did not need to be circumcised to be saved.  But there was a church consensus that it was God’s will that they be saved by faith in God’s grace through Jesus’s death for them (Acts 15:22-35).  So, we can seek to gain church consensus on what is God’s will on important controversial issues.

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