Is it right for a Christian to be dogmatic? Yes. There is talk about not being divisive, mean-spirited, unChristlike, etc. if you are dogmatic. How can this be? Is this you? This must not be. Many who are still immature in the word (Hebrews 5:12-6:3) need to learn as much as they can. What about others though who have hashed out difficulties and embraced a position? Is it "loving" to pretend it doesn't matter? Of course not. Do you know that the author of Hebrews said that they were still immature and needed to know the basics of the faith again? Are you aware that he said that three areas are basic truth (salvation, the church and its practices, and end times). If you don't have a position on these issues, you need to study them well. This stuff is just foundational: In studying salvation, one needs to study: *the exclusivity of Christ *justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone *God's sovereignty *God's means of salvation (proclamation of the gospel) In studying the church, one needs to study: *when it began *the roles of men and women (which are not the same) *ordinances *ministries In studying end times, one needs to study: *the differences between the church and Israel *the interpretation of O.T. events by Christ and the disciples *the reason people have so many different ideas This stuff is basic. There was one way to interpret passages for the early church. There was one belief system regarding the above issues (and many more I did not type). Not only is there nothing wrong with being dogmatic with the above basic issues, it is a biblical mandate if you have any authority within the church to teach or preach. If you believe that it doesn't matter, you disagree with the author of Hebrews. The true divisive people are those who have departed from sound doctrine, not those who wish for true unity and not a said unity. Thoughts?