Be a Jesus Follower - Don't Let Anyone or Anything Sidetrack You
Don't let churches, pastors, or non-essential teachings get in the way of your love for all genuine believers...
Who do you quote most often: your pastor, your favorite denominational teacher, or God?
There's nothing wrong with loving our church or favoring certain doctrines.
But Scripture tells us to be "like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind" (Ephesians 2:2).
This means being more excited about the Body of Christ than about our specific denomination. It means quoting Scripture more than pastors or teachers. It means being more interested in our common beliefs as Christians than in our doctrinal differences.
Paul dealt with disunity in the early Church and said: "For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? ... when one says, 'I follow Paul,' and another, 'I follow Apollos,' ... no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:3-4,11)*
Let's aim at being Christ-followers, not man-followers.
*There are areas of mystery in our faith. God has given us all the knowledge and power we need to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3), but He has not explained everything to us (Deuteronomy 29:29).