Posted by: stpowen | January 4, 2013

How to Deal with Those who Differ from Us.

2 Tim.2:23-25. ‘….Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.’

In the light of discussions going on elsewhere on this blog, I thought it might be helpful to publish a link to an article written by the late Roger Nicole, entitled, Polemic Theology- How to deal with those who differ from us. I’m sure that all of us fall short at times of the high standards required of Christians in debate with each other. Readers can assess for themselves how Martin Marprelate measures up.
http://www.peacemaker.net/site/c.aqKFLTOBIpH/b.1084263/apps/nl/content3.asp?content_id=12F7DAA8-63AE-4BEA-B210-EB548976264C&notoc=1

[This article can be found in Standing Forth by Roger Nicole (Mentor ISBN 1-85792-646-3)]

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Responses

  1. 3 comments on this matter which goes over many more.
    First. Our character and values can often be seen by examining those whose company we desire and are comfortable in.
    Second. It is always easier and more comfortable to see faults in others, rather than ourselves.
    Third – The impending and creeping persecution will determine those who are true believers and many differences that seem so big now will be as nothing then.


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