I would ask you to contemplate a statement that I am going to presume you have heard before, and then ask you to answer it. Of course, I can’t hear your answer, but pay attention to what your thoughts tell you, and then decide by the end of this letter to you if you were correct in your answer.
Here is the statement, “I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.”
What do you think, a good thing to do or not. Of course, the circumstances would have to be brought into the equation, one might believe that saltwater fishing is better than freshwater, or that one particular vehicle is better than another, in these types of occurrences, personal opinion would be the driving force, in some, life experience would need to be added into the mix. When those and other factors are considered, one thing stands true, and it is about the only place where I have considered what I am about to say to you as correct in this area, truth is relative. But relative only to the individual in these particular scenarios.
You are more than likely not going to catch a 200lb fish in a very small pond, and that particular vehicle that one person might extoll could have been just a fluke. But there is one place where the statement that I asked you to ponder has no place, it is dogmatic, unchangeable, and must be challenged every single time if you have been crucified with Christ, we cannot agree with anyone who says that we must agree to disagree with when speaking about the inerrant Word of God, if they are not extoling the virtues of the Scriptures, then they are wrong.
Here is where reproof and rebuking must come into play, they must be shown the error of their ways, or you may be in violation of several verses in the Scriptures. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) You could end that verse right there with those first eleven words, and be speaking enough truth to that person who wants you to agree to disagree with them. What they are asking for is for you to validate their belief structure, and it would not matter if they were part of the Roman Catholic cult, the Mormon cult, or a Voodoo worshipping cult, there is no way that you can agree to anything they say, and still profess John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Most generally when a person says these words of disagreeable agreement they have run out of the so-called truths they were attempting to expound upon, and it is because what you have been speaking to them is the ultimate, and only truth. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12) And when the conversation is about religious ideologies, not one thing you say is going to matter to them, unless you are speaking the truths of the Scriptures.
You must always remember though we are not attempting to prove to them that we are right, and they are wrong, we are trying to help them see that the Words of God are given in love, but with a firm warning to all who will need heed them. There may come a time in the conversation when you will need to shake the dust from your feet, (Matt. 10:14) where you must stop casting the pearls of the Lord before swine, (Matt. 7:6) but there must never be a time where you will agree with them on anything that attempts to stand against the truth of the Word of God.
Trust this saying, they will leave long before they will change, and each of them will want to have the last word, let them, speak the truth in love with firm convictions, and if they will not listen, say a prayer for them, and then move on. It is God that will have the last, and final word with them.