Yesterday's post was on the rarity of friendly, diverse conversations within the church. The church has not been a very safe place for many to express their beliefs and thoughts, especially if they differ from those in the authoritative positions.
Thankfully I have found many friends that I can open up to, disagree with, and have very diverse conversations with, and remain friends. These relationships and gatherings are very important and crucial for me.
But I am wondering, and it has already been asked of me in light of yesterdays post, if there is ever a time where a line should be drawn, so to speak, when it comes to differences in theology?
I think there could be several layers to this question, for instance...
Are we talking about personal friendships or working in some type of ministry together?
I heard a pastor say once that his church would not associate with a church if they didn't hold to particular doctrines. This means that his church wouldn't do ministry, have joint services of any kind, or even fellowship with another church because of these differences. For example, their youth groups couldn't have a joint cookout.
In his opinion, there are certain beliefs that must be agreed upon in order to associate with another church.
So I am wondering... Are there any beliefs or doctrines like this for you? Do you think there comes a time when one should break fellowship with another over doctrines or beliefs, whether it be between friends or between ministries, and what are those doctrines?
What are the particular doctrinal beliefs that would cause you to break fellowship with someone?
Would love to hear your thoughts whatever they may be...