Pride of Correct Doctrine

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Theology is a cause of many divisions and great pride in the Body of Christ. We should approach this subject on bended knee with great humility of heart.

“Closely akin to moral pride is doctrinal pride, the assumption that whatever my doctrinal beliefs are, they are correct and anyone who holds another belief is theologically inferior…It doesn’t matter if we are Arminians or Calvinists, whether we subscribe to Dispensational or Covenant theology, or perhaps have embraced some form of eclectic theology, we tend to think our doctrinal beliefs are the correct ones and look with some disdain on those whose beliefs are different from ours. And then to complete the spectrum of this type of pride, there are those who don’t consider doctrine important and so look with disdain on those of us who do…

…If your Calvinism or Arminianism or dispensationalism, or your view concerning the end times, or your disdain for all doctrinal beliefs causes you to feel doctrinally superior to those who hold other views, then you are probably guilty of the sin of doctrinal pride. I’m not suggesting that we should not seek to know about the truths of scripture and develop doctrinal convictions about what the scriptures teach; I am saying that w should hold our convictions in humility, realizing that many godly and theologically capable people hold other convictions.”

Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins (p92-92)

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