Whenever you hear this it’s usually followed up with “we all worship the same God” and “can’t we all get along?”
Whenever the mantra “doctrine divides” is employed, it’s always with a negative connotation. But have you stopped to ponder why?
Allow me to submit for your consideration, that “doctrine divides” is actually a good thing–a positive thing. It’s true that “doctrine divides,” and here’s what it divides:
The ones just wanting to be fed from the ones willing to take up their cross.
The false conversions from the true conversions.
The ones under law from the ones under grace.
The swine from the pearls.
The profane from the holy.
The tares from the wheat.
The goats from the sheep.
The wolves from the flock.
The hirelings from the shepherds.
The “other gospels” from the one true Gospel.
The false christs from the one true Christ.
The darkness from the Light.
The lies from the Truth.
The myths from the facts.
The wicked from the righteous.
The wide gate from the narrow gate.
The broad road from the narrow road.
The many paths from the only Way.
Doctrine divides; doctrine divides; thank God Almighty, doctrine divides!
– The Pilgrim