Unity in the essentials
With regard to the essentials of the Christian Faith, unity is essential. That is, one cannot be a part of the body of Christ without having received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is the ultimate essential of the Christian faith. Unless one is born from above by the drawing power of God the Father, the saving power of God the Son, and the applied power of God the Holy Spirit, there is no new birth. In addition to the new birth, there are certain tenets and creeds of the Christian faith that all Christians ascribe to. That is, regardless of the specific Christian denomination one belongs to, these tenets of the Christian faith are accepted and believed by all mainstream Christian denominations.
We at Communities 4 Christ believe that for one to be a part of the worldwide body of Jesus Christ, he or she must first be born again. Having been born again, this new believer now acknowledges and assents to certain apostolic tenets of the Christian faith which makes one exclusively Christian. This, of course, nullifies anyone holding to other faiths...ie...Muslim, Hindu...etc. Thus, unity is exclusively Christian and excludes all other faiths. The apostles creed would probably be the traditional foundation for what we as a church believe in.
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Liberty in the non-essentials
Having been born again by the shed blood of God the Son, the drawing power of God the Holy Spirit, and the sovereign plan of God the Father, why must we as a body of Christ divide over issues that are not essential to our faith? Issues such as mode of baptism, eternal security, and speaking in tongues are just a few of the beliefs that separate us as a body of Christ. A non-essential would be a belief that is not agreed upon by all mainstream Christian denominations. Many of these beliefs are what has given rise to all the different denominations that are in existence today.
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We all have certain beliefs regarding specific non-essentials within the Christian faith. And certainly, there is nothing wrong with having a specific belief with regard to an issue such as mode of baptism and eternal security. Surely, because of our past experiences, our current associates, and our exposure to the word of God, we differ on these non-essentials. This is certainly okay and to be expected. It is not the difference in the belief as a non-essential that is the problem. It is the emphasis placed upon that particular non-essential that gives rise to the problem. Why are we emphasizing points of the faith that are non-essential. The very emphasis of the points is what has given rise to all of the current denominations and has separated the body. Certainly, Jesus cannot be pleased with this.