If Jen does not want to bring her doctrine under the light of the bible - that is okay with me and we all can simply move on... We can respect her in this and there is no condemnation...
Now moving on --- In regards to unity of the faith - what unity do you speak of? - Agreement with Armstrongism, Jehovah Witnessness, Christdephiladelphian, Rev Moon, Mormonism, and a host of other views. Under the guise of unity do you mean we should all embrace the doctrines that each of these teach welcoming them as healthy alternatives to prove we that really have Christian love?
2 Peter 2:1-2
tells us to be aware of: “...false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed
also says, “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ
Jesus speaks in Matthew 24:24
, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect
Midst this we are called to unity without any regard for what doctrine one brings in! Doing so is not demonstrating the unity of the faith but rather ignorance sprouting seeds and making hay of ones brains.
Cultic groups always make an appeal to unity of the faith and tolerance for all views in order to attack as well as falsely accuse Orthodox Christianity as the one being in error and that Orthodox Christianity is the sole lone cause of all division and strife caused within the Church.
We must never forget this — there are tares in the wheat. These will remain until the last day. Therefore we must contend for the faith and grow strong in the Lord.
Unity does not consist of disagreeing on the doctrines of water Baptism, predestination, what is faith of a mustard seed, how old is the earth, the Sabbath day Saturday [Note: Saturn was the god of agriculture and Saturday was named after this deity…See link Satrun
, Dietary laws, etc.. as there are many members of Christ Body with varied views on these matters. But there are also cancers as well that bring into the body of Christ doctrines that exchange the grace of salvation into works, denying who Christ is and change what he taught, and thus neglect the word of God for what it says. These we must expose and not be afraid of being called names doing so.
It is not Orthodox Christianity that brings division and disunity — it is the tares. These tares keep us on our toes as well as are used by God to force Christians to examine what they believe, refine, and perfect faith in Christ.
I would much prefer on teaching on the love of God and Christ Love for his people that we are to share amongst one another but even this doctrine can be cheapened by cancerous tares and taught as tolerance and not as true Godly love.
Unity for the sake of tolerance is not wise. Unity because of Christ is another matter. Is there disunity in the Church? Yes! Is it because of Orthodox Christianity? The answer is a resounding NO! There is disunity in the Church because of sin, destructive heresy, and very few that understand the role Christ plays in the Church to unite a local assembly in true Godly love for one another before reaching into the community at large.
So I'll end with this — Katabole forget about me: Look in your local assembly will you lay down your life for the people sitting next to you and in back or in front of you? Would you pour out your bank account to help one member in your church who has great need? Would they do the same for you if you had same need? Some places do this on a limited scale but none of us, including myself, if we are honest would really lay down our lives for our friends — enemy maybe — friend no
Our local assemblies are scattered, fragmented, individualized and there is your disunity of the faith
. The question is for each of us who reads this as well as for me who writes: What will it take to be made perfect in Love? My how far from this we have all fallen…
It is not so much loving other brothers and sisters in other Churches far away that brings unity. All that takes is mere words and no honest effort.
It is in your own local assembly where fellow members are called to love each other is where unity truly begins. There it is either put up or shut up. I am sad to report it is easier to shut up but the Lord will prevail…Pray that God the Father will reveal his love to you… begin there …
Is your local assembly founded on Christian Orthodox faith or is it founded on the disunity of the tares? Another reason for disunity is false doctrine that tries to supplant the doctrines Christ and that the Apostles taught and left in the bible. In a nutshell - these consisted of the following: the elementary doctrine of Christ and salvation, repentance from dead works, faith toward God, eternal judgment, and the resurrection of the dead. [Hebrews 6:1-3
1 Timothy 6:3-4
, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. “
Titus 1:9, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
Ephesians 4:14-15, “…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…
Cults do not want to speak in love instead they produce quarrels about word meanings, which produce envy, dissension, they slander true Doctrine, create evil suspicion, cause constant friction among people by twisting their minds to be deprived of the real truth taught by Christ, and envision that preaching godliness is a means of great monetary gain as well as fame and one-upmanship.