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Determining Essentials February 7, 2007

Posted by Joe in Random Musings.
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Lar,

Thanks for the link to that article yesterday.  It was a good one for sure, very discerning and gracious–a good combination.  I was encouraged and thus, would encourage everyone else to make sure they read it.  I too don’t want to completely leave off our posts concerning the Sabbath, but I for one need to do some more reading on the subject to clarify my thoughts.  I do hope that my posts helped shine some light on things a bit.  But as for the content of that article, it got me to thinking….

First, how incredibly important it is to clarify what is and is not ‘essential.’  I am referring to Augustine’s quote in the article of course.  “In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. In all things, charity.”  Most people throughout the history of the church have thought he has been right on with that statement, however, those who agree on that statement will many times fall to opposite sides of the spectrum.  Why?  Because they disagree on what and what is not ‘essential.’

I like Driscoll’s analogy about holding things in the closed hand (essentials) and the open hand (nonessentials).  But the problem comes in when you have to clarify what exactly is going to go in that closed hand.  We all have to have it (even liberals), but some have less in that hand than others.  And that is where controversy begins to come in.

So Lar, how do you determine what goes into that closed hand?  What is the test?  Give me some wisdom brother.  I’m looking forward to it.  I have some ideas, but I think you might be able to clarify this a bit better than I.  Lord willing, I will chime in after you.

Seeking the wisdom that comes from above,

Joe

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