If We Worship One Lord, Why Do Christians Disagree on So Much?

Episode 615 Show Notes 

From the Show

When we think about all of the divisions that we see in the church today, the problem is not with God, the problem is with me. With our failure to yield to the scriptures in humility and be lead by the Holy Spirit. For all of the divisions, there are core truths we cling to, and while we might have differences on secondary doctrines we can at least agree on the core truths of the Christians faith.

––Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. My family and I have begun a year long plan to read through the Bible and we thought it would be encouraging and edifying to reach out to Core Christianity as questions arise in our daily readings and our first question came from Genesis chapter 4, and it’s twofold: In verse seven God tells Cain that “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” First, this sounds a lot like works-righteousness. But we know that the first signs of the gospel were delivered to Adam and Eve back in chapter three, could you help us make sense of God’s statement here and how it relates to Cain and Abel sacrifices, and then God’s plan for salvation? And secondly, the phrase, “its desire is for you, but you must rule over it,” is very similar to what we read God said to Eve in Genesis 3:16, when he says your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you. Is there a connection that we should draw from these similarities, and if so, what is that connection?

2. I have been so confused about the end times Mark of the Beast. I’ve read that it’s a vaccine or a microchip or that it’s not even a literal mark but instead the mark on the forehead is actually representative of a changed mind and the mark on the hands are our actions after we have been saved. Could you please go into detail about what scripture says about this subject. I’ve had plenty of nights where I’ve just been kept awake thinking about this and praying that I won’t be deceived.

3. What are the 5 Solas?

4. I’m thankful that we, as Christians, believe Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except by him. But sometimes I get a little upset when I hear there are so many denominations. We have one Holy Spirit. Why can’t we agree on all the teachings?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners’ questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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