Handling Non-Essential Differences Humbly and Biblically - Romans 14
If Scripture says something is wrong, it's wrong.
But there are non-essential areas where two Christians can have different convictions without either being wrong.
In this regard, Romans 14 gives dietary and holy day observances as examples.
Today's Church issues would include things like Bible translations, Calvinism/Arminianism, spiritual gifts, alcohol, make-up, dancing, television, head-coverings, politics, tithing, church membership, holidays, and education.
There are right and wrong beliefs in all of these areas, but there's also more than one right approach.
This means Christians will apply Biblical principles differently.
We must not criticize, rebuke or tempt our brothers when they have different convictions than ours.
But we must judge and help fellow believers who do things clearly against Scripture. We cannot love them and allow them to continue in sin or error (1 Cor. 5:11-13; Matthew 18:15; Galations 6:1).
God wants us to humbly allow for differences in areas of non-essential doctrine and hold fast in areas of essential doctrine.
(1) One example of a non-essential areas is modesty. It's a Biblical principle, but it's possible for two Christians to have different approaches to this principle without either being immodest. Modesty is also defined differently from one culture to another.
(2) Genuine believers, who agree on the essential tenents of Biblical Christianity, sometimes come to different conclusions about non-essential areas.
(3) Essential Doctrine: Non-negotiable - essential - unchanging, things based on clear Biblical principles, truths, and commands. Examples would include:- the Biblical view of the Trinity, the sanctity of human life, appropriate sexual behavior, God's character, Salvation, etc.