Sometimes Biblical teaching can be divisive. The fact is that Christians don’t agree on every theological point found in the Bible. But Christians do agree on enough to make them Christians. For example, all Christians agree that Jesus is the Son of God who came and lived a perfect life and then died a sacrificial death to pay the sin price for those who trust in him. Likewise, all Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead and that one day his followers will be with him forever. Any so-called Christian who would neglect these truths could be called a “Christian” in name only. A “Christian” who rejects Christ is no Christian at all.
Of course there are other doctrines that Christians don’t agree on. We can be brothers in Christ and disagree on the timeframe of Jesus’s return. Or on what the Millennial kingdom means. Or on whether or not certain spiritual gifts are still valid. Heaven and Hell does not depend on these issues. But it does depend on your beliefs about Jesus.
While some bemoan any doctrinal divisions within Christianity, doctrine is actually the one issue worth dividing over. The Bible says: “I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.” (Romans 16:17) The Apostle Paul was warning the Romans, not only to keep an eye on those who divide. But specifically, those who divide by teaching a different doctrine. Paul’s conclusion is that they should “turn away” from such people. In other words, they should divide over doctrine, if the doctrine being pushed is heretical.
Hopefully doctrine is important to you. And hopefully you know and embrace the truth about who Jesus is and what Jesus did. Hopefully you have trusted in Him completely and are walking with Him daily. Many claim to, but few actually do. Take Paul’s admonition to heart and seek to know the Lord and His word. Avoid those who would lead you astray and fellowship with those who will point you to Christ. A lot of things in life aren’t worth dividing over. But some are. Jesus sometimes brings division. And if and when he does; make sure you’re on HIS side.