People like using Ephesians 4:16 to show why we need to forget about divisive doctrine and fighting over
non-essentials. Here is what it says:
16 From whom the whole body, joined and
knit together by what every joint supplies,
according to the effective working by which
every part does its share, causes growth of
the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Pretty compelling, right? Wrong. Look at Verses 14-15
14 that we should no longer be children,
tossed to and fro and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the
trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness
of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may
grow up in all things into Him who is
So which is it? The answer is yes.
For the body to be knit together and functioning properly there must be a knowledge of what is true and correct doctrinally.
Nowhere does Paul mention essential and non-essential.
That is an error of modern pragmatism within the church.
Paul was no such man.