Core Value 23: Hyper-Orthodoxy

Our Lord has warned his church against straining out gnats while swallowing camels (Matthew 23:24).

  • Therefore we affirm that in essentials there must be unity, in nonessentials liberty and in all things charity (Titus 1:9–11; 1 Corinthians 8:1–13; Colossians 3:12–15).
  • We deny that our understanding of infallible truth is itself infallible and that all matters are equally important; therefore we deny that all matters require contention and division among those who differ (Matthew 23:23).

For the purpose of fellowship in Sola 5, we consider non-essentials to be those matters which are outside of our Confession of Faith and Core Values.


  1. What are the essentials?
  2. What are the non-essentials?
  3. How are we to show charity to one another in all things?
  4. What is important about the first statement in the denial?
  5. What matters do require division? What things do not?


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