Theological Divisions

November 25, 2012

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, ‘As I live,’ saith the Lord, ‘every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:10-12 KJV

Years ago, in Great Britain, there were two key spiritual leaders in the evangelical church of that day, George Whitefield and John Wesley. John Wesley was the founder of the Methodist church. George Whitefield was the Billy Graham of that day, an incredible evangelist and preacher. These two great preachers had a big difference in theology. George Whitefield was a staunch Calvinist in his theology, strong on the sovereignty of God. Wesley was a staunch Armenian, strong on the free will of man to decide whether or not to receive the love of God and salvation in Jesus Christ.

There began to be some division within the evangelicals of Great Britain. Knowing what these two spiritual giants believed, people began to fall into two camps. One day John Wesley was asked, “Will you see George Whitefield in heaven?  Wesley immediately replied, ‘NO!’  And then after a long pause, he added, ‘Whitefield will be at a level so close to God, that people like me will not be able to get close to him!’

Now if ever there’s a way to diffuse a theological division in the body of Christ, that’s the spirit with which to do it. What an example for us today! We may have a thousand reasons for why certain people don’t deserve our love, but the fact is Jesus says, “…dear friends, love one another!”