Truth, love, and discernment  

Posted by Denis Haack

“Love is the first mark of a true and living church and truth is the second, because the Scriptures hold love and truth together in balance. Some Christians are so resolved to make love paramount, that they forget the sacredness of revealed truth. ‘Let us drown our doctrinal differences,’ they urge, ‘in the ocean of brotherly love!’ Others are equally mistaken in their pursuit of truth at the expense of love. So dogged is their zeal for God's Word that they become harsh, bitter and unloving. Love becomes sentimental if it is not strengthened by truth, and truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love. We need to preserve the balance of the Bible which tells us to hold the truth in love, to love others in the truth, and to grow not only in love but in discernment.”


[From Authentic Christianity by John Stott (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press) p. 265.]

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In a country and (often) a church divided by culture wars, I long for an example of this done well.

May 1, 2009 at 8:55 AM

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