Orthodoxy and love

“Is an attachment to orthodoxy necessarily accompanied by a rigid and unloving spirit?  If we were to think of all the orthodox people we know, then we might conclude that that is sometimes the case.  If we recollect all the unorthodox people we know, then we might come to the same conclusion!  The real question is whether there is any likely or necessary connection between orthodoxy and lack of love. . . .

Any idea that love and orthodoxy are antithetical to each other is foreign to the teaching of Christ.  Our Lord requires both.  Let us therefore reject the sort of self-righteousness in which we congratulate ourselves on being orthodox and think that this somehow compensates for a lack of love.  Similarly let us not think that Christ will overlook denials of his Word simply because we are loving.”

Noel Weeks, The Sufficiency of Scripture (Edinburgh, 1988), page 237.

(HT: Ray Ortlund)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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