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By Mark Dever
College freshman Bob becomes convinced of the doctrine of election and has a burning desire to convince everyone else. He’s in the early “cage stage” of Calvinism.
Imagine his conversations with his friends, in his campus fellowship, in his church.
Everything becomes an illustration of God’s sovereignty. It’s all he wants to talk about. And if you disagree with Bob, watch out!
The question for you and me is, when we teach others the truth, do we do it with condescending pride and arrogance—we know something they don’t? Or do we teach with the humility of one beggar sharing his bread with another?
Compromise is bad. Cooperation is good. But how do you tell the difference? What are the primary doctrinal positions for which we need to contend, and what are the secondary doctrinal positions about which we can disagree with charity and love?
I’d like to consider how we can encourage each other to hold the truth with humility by setting out six questions: Read more about Together for What?