A Question I Was Asked:

Should we take our eyes off the gospel for more trivial matters?

The Actual Question:

I recently spent time with three other Christians. Their whole conversation seemed to be about "your theological view," "his theological view," "the Arminian view," "Calvinism," and "four point Calvinism." It seemed as though they thought that there are just various theological views out there and we need to make up our minds which one we will support. I do know that many sincere believers hold several of these views, but surely we do wrong when we reduce the message of the New Testament to various "theological views" without regard to the plain message of the gospel of our Lord? Is it possible to take our eyes off the great commission in this way?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Yes, I certainly think it is possible to get sidetracked in such a way.
Look, we know that we have all embraced various denominational/theological positions on various biblical points, but sometimes we just all need to all stand back a little and say, Hey! We have been given a message to deliver, that is, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we should be about that, and about ensuring that the flock are being fed! Sometimes we just need to say, let's forget about doctrinal differences, and let us focus on the great essentials of the Gospel, summed up in such things as The Apostle's Creed. These two things: preaching the Gospel, and feeding the flock, are what the Church of God are all about, and yet some local churches seem to have very little interest in either of them at times. I am sometimes angered when "places of Christian worship" are mostly about various social gatherings concerned with inconsequential things and trivial things and yet the clear and straightforward preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is nowhere to be found. There are arguments about hymns, arguments about whether there should be tea and coffee, arguments about this and about that. I have attended church meetings which only seem concerned with the next "church picnic," whether to hold mid week meetings on a Tuesday or Wednesday, what to do on Janet's birthday, and whether to invite back "that nice Mr Jones" to give another sermon. A church meeting worthy of that name should be about: How can we better deliver the Gospel to our local area? And how can we ensure that the flock, purchased with the blood of Christ, are given proper and sufficient spiritual nourishment? Only when those pivotal matters are properly taken care of, should one consider those more minor things.
Robin A. Brace. September 30th, 2009.