PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭3‬:‭15‬-‭16‬ ‭‬‬

“Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.”

Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭15‬-‭16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There are standards in our faith. The first has to do with the doctrines that build it. We must have proper understandings of Christology, Theology and Anthropology. These are fairly agreed upon. The second is our understanding of orthopraxy and what it means to live out our Christian walk. This is a much more fractured and temperamental truth because the cultural tenants built therein are proven by their outworking, and this takes time. In many ways, orthodoxy is based in the quality of the seed whereas orthopraxy is judged by the quality of fruit. Christian’s are to hold both to a biblical standard. It is a matter of spiritual maturity to do so. To this end, one can always progress but should never regress on these matters. The quality control of our faith must always be active and present. It should be a point of joint contention for every believer. We should always be pushing for each other to have quality in orthodoxy and orthopraxy. We should always be holding each other accountable to being the best we can be. If we hold this hope for each other and this practice in our Christianity, then we will stay unified and ever progressing toward being an accurate representation of our sanctified purpose before God.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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