In the early years of my church life experience, some of the brothers in the church held to a teaching that made “exercising faith” the central emphasis of the gospel. Their zeal for “living by faith” was not hidden by any means. It was proclaimed quite loudly. These brothers sought to persuade everyone else in the church to embrace their emphasis. And they were unhappy with any other insight or emphasis that didn’t directly relate to theirs.

These men had made their particular insight into faith the whole ball of wax. And they wanted everyone else to conform to it. It was during those days that I learned that zealously emphasizing any particular truth, not matter how valid, and trying to persuade everyone else to embrace it was a money-back guarantee for a church split.

Written by Frank Viola Author