We all have opinions. Some of which may be based on some subjectively developed or adopted belief. What is interesting is that most people do not realize this, and present their opinions as facts based on beliefs they simply hear stated and perceive to be factual! Believing their opinions to be supported factually, all other thinking is then rejected, whether based on fact/evidence or not! Because of such beliefs, they will often force their opinions, which is like pushing the magnetized needle of a compass around to where one wants “True North” to be. This is very often demonstrated in religious matters. Webster defines an opinion as: ”A belief not based on absolute certainty or positive knowledge but on what seems true, valid, or probable to one’s own mind.” An opinion in religion is a belief/position people hold that is not sustained by book, chapter and verse. There are many, in religious matters, who force their opinions because of an improper attitude toward the Scriptures. They have formed opinions such as “one church is as good as another”, “instrumental music is acceptable in worship,” or “congregations may not pool their resources or collect funds from other congregations to do a work common to them all or they will “lose their autonomy.” These people do not misinterpret the scriptures – they usually
admit what the Bible teaches, they simply do not feel that they are limited by the scriptures or that the scriptures allow another opinion– and therefore form and force an opinion which creates a factious body of people. Forced opinions (I must have my way at all costs) constitute the largest barrier to unity in the Lord’s church. May it ever be that we as a local congregation of God’s people continue to teach and practice that which can be believed with absolute certainty and positive knowledge because it can be found in book, chapter and verse. We cannot force
opinions – we must forcibly stand for “what is written.”
~Matt Amos

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