Majoring On Minors

(Minors meaning things, not people.)

This and other things I’ve been reading have caused me to put less importance on the “minors” as referred to in the quote below and spend less time reading blog posts and articles on them, although each one of us has a different version of what the minors are. I realize there are places for them and they shouldn’t be ignored altogether.

I’m not saying that the minors that bloggers write about are false teachings, I’m just going with the basic premise here:

Do you know the Christ of the Gospels? Or have you fallen into the trap to which Christians (especially, perhaps, Reformed Christians) who love doctrine and systematic theology are sometimes susceptible (unlike John Calvin, it should be said): fascination with dogmatic formula at the expense of love for the Savior’s person?

It is not accidental that Hebrews’ words about Christ are followed by an exhortation not to be ‘carried away by all kinds of strange teachings’ (13:9, NIV). False teaching, be it doctrinal or ethical, always will have the effect of making us ‘major on minors,’ obscuring from us the central glory of the Lord Jesus Himself. We cannot always easily articulate what is wrong with such influences. But the context suggests we should ask: ‘Is this teaching by which I am being influenced leading me to love and trust Jesus Christ more? Or less? Have I exchanged communion with Christ for caviling about incidentals?’

By the same token, growing in faith and love for Christ, revealed as He is in Scripture, will be the greatest of all preservatives against being led astray. The person who is saturated in the teaching and spirit of the Gospels will have his or her senses ‘trained . . . to distinguish good from evil’ (Heb. 5:14, NIV) and to know what is truly Christ-like and Christ-honoring. That, too, is an implication of knowing that ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.’

From first to last, then, fix your eyes on Christ. He never changes!

In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Not that we shouldn’t know what we believe:

I’m concerned that the attitude that ‘no one can really know the truth’ has seeped into the evangelical mind. From the (correct, in my opinion) premise that no tradition gives us exclusive access to absolute truth, some infer (incorrectly, in my opinion) that it really doesn’t matter which, if any, tradition we inhabit. For my own part, I’d rather reside in a house with a leaky roof or basement than rough it on the street. . . .

An Interview with Kevin Vanhoozer at Between Two Worlds

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