Can We Fellowship Alexander Campbell?

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With all the “tests of fellowship” people try to employ today, I often wonder if we would even be able to fellowship with Alexander Campbell if we followed what some teach? What is the strangest “test of fellowship” you have come across? When people start splitting over whether we call it fruit of the vine or juice I think there may be a problem.

Jesus calls for unity and I often wonder where He would draw the line of fellowship. In Mark 9:38-41 we have the story of the disciples telling Jesus about a man they saw casting out demons in Jesus’ name. They told him to stop. If an apostle told you to stop, would you? I would think so. But Jesus told them they were mistaken. “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”

Too often our mentality has been the reverse – “Whoever is not for my doctrinal stance on these 500 issues is against me.” That is not the standard Jesus uses. That is not to say doctrinal issues are not important. That is not to say there is no such thing as error. There are lines which we should not cross. I just think we often put the line too close to our own opinions and leave out the desire of Jesus and fracture His church over non-issues.

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