1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
What if when you come together edification is left out? What then? We have come to a point in our relationships that we tend to mercy rather than truth with grace. We glaze over error in doctrine where a slight might be received as judgmental.
We recently lost one of our members to one who was unsound in doctrine because we did not correct his errors at every turn. We had opportunity. I stood against him once and said “You’re wrong.” It came off harsh to some, but he became cautious around me.
I cannot be everywhere, we all must stand against doctrine that is flawed lest we lose others to the tactic of persuasive personality. Charm does not dictate doctrine, the Word of God does, and it does so to the edification of the weak to build them up, strengthen them, and train them to stand against error.
Perhaps my greatest failing was not being graceful with truth. It is a failing of mine. I cut quick and deep. I wield the sword as a weapon rather than a scalpel. I allow others to apply the balm of healing. In this I need to learn from my mistakes, to the edification of the weak. If I do not learn we could lose another member to the doctrine of personality.
This is why each of us needs to participate in Sunday school, to test our own doctrine without fear. It is not a sin to have error in doctrine, it is a sin not to allow correction. Paul’s advice within 1 Corinthians 14 was in the support by two or more so that one person does not stand alone for truth.