In theology, just as in battle, some hills are worth dying on. But how do we know which ones? When should doctrine divide, and when should unity prevail? Pastor Gavin Ortlund makes the case that while all doctrines matter, some are more essential than others. He considers how and what to prioritize in doctrine and ministry, encouraging humility and grace along the way. Using four basic categories of doctrine in order of importance, this book helps new and seasoned church leaders alike wisely labor both to uphold doctrine and to preserve unity.
“First, we should distinguish between what must be affirmed and what must not be denied” (Page 80)
“Kevin DeYoung put it, drawing attention to these same passages, ‘We should steer clear of theological wrangling that is speculative (goes beyond Scripture), vain (more about being right than being helpful), endless (no real answer is possible or desired), and needless (mere semantics).’” (Page 40)
“We must distinguish between confused sheep and active wolves.” (Page 81)
“Calvin argued strenuously and at great length against the sin of schism, emphasizing that the church will always be mixed and imperfect until judgment day, and that much separatism comes from pride rather than holiness.” (Page 32)
“As Martin Luther noted, ‘Softness and hardness … are the two main faults from which all the mistakes of pastors come.’” (Page 28)
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