We won’t always agree, an Amish proverb, and the Lord’s instruction

Someone once told me that it is wrong for Christians to “agree to disagree” on doctrine of any kind – that God’s Word should be perfectly clear to His children on everything because the Spirit of God is leading us and will bring all of us to the same conclusions.

But I know that we’re going to disagree, though never on the Gospel. Certainly, we shouldn’t go looking for a fight – I’ve been guilty of this – and shouldn’t avoid Christians who disagree with us unless we’ve seen that there can be no peace yet. Sometimes we will be able to talk about our differences – though disagreeing is almost always unpleasant because we want to be like-minded. And sometimes we should avoid certain topics, period. I used to think those topics necessarily included 1) the events of the End of the Age and 2) the doctrine of election. But we can discuss these if we remember that we’re brothers and sisters and Jesus comes first for all of us.

This proverb is powerful as a warning but it falls short. For the message of the Gospel is that there is forgiveness because of Jesus Christ both with God and between His children. 


“An unkind remark is like a killing frost—

no matter how much it warms up, the damage is already done.”

Amish Proverbs, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Revell, 2012, p. 67

Matthew 18:21-22

21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.


Confession of Sin, Illustrated from Court Cases

What does repentance look like?

Scripture Thoughts

Understanding the Christian worldview through looking at contemporary events is often helpful, providing good application of Bible truth to the “real world”– as observed from time to time in Christian blog topics.  While reading a recent Spurgeon sermon, number 641 (from July 1865), I was reminded of a Pyromaniacs blog post on this same topic a few years ago:  relating “real world” news events to Christian doctrine, through a look at high profile news cases of criminals and their confessions.  The Pyromaniacs post considered a few issues in reference to the rape/murder confession of John Gardner III in California a few years ago.  Spurgeon in 1865 included two news events of criminal cases in a sermon that contrasted the two very different confessions as “types” of two types of people in their attitude of repentance and confession before God.

The first example noted by Spurgeon is the type we…

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The meaning of forgiveness


Forgiveness from God,

and forgiveness for others,

is joy made complete

for all loving brothers.


The Lord’s forgiveness:

Luke 23:33-34

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.


Christian forgiveness:

Act 7:59-60

And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.