Recorded: August 27th, 2006
Location: Evergreen Community Church
[at around 15:55]
Now, does that mean you can’t disagree with anything? No, it doesn’t mean that at all. It’s perfectly okay to have a personal conviction on non-critical issues. On non-critical issues. It’s fine to have an opinion. I know a person, I mentioned him before, who, ah, would not wear these pants in church. They’re jeans, that have holes in them, “This is disrespectful to our Lord,” that’s his feeling. And that’s fine. Now, I don’t feel like that. I feel like God looks right past these pants, to my heart. But it doesn’t matter, I’m not going to argue with him.
Now, if he takes that personal opinion, that personal conviction, which the bible doesn’t clearly teach, at all, and starts talking to people and trying to rally them around his opinion, trying to convince them to think like he does and it becomes divisive. If he puts up a website [laughter] [pause] or a blog [pause] that’s openly divisive.. then that’s not from God. … A person who has a heart to be divisive is following his sin nature. He’s not following Christ, it’s not from God. So use discernment.. Be careful what books you read. Make sure it’s God’s opinion, not man’s opinion. Be careful what websites you read because there’s a lot of people with a heart to divide.
[after trying to pronounce a Greek bible name] If I had only gone to seminary I would know that word. [laughter from audience]
Audio of Teaching (mp3)