Contend without being contentious

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Contend without being contentious

by Joshua Agan

“What doth it profit thee to enter into deep discussion concerning the Holy Trinity, if thou lack humility, and be thus displeasing to the Trinity? For verily it is not deep words that make a man holy and upright; it is a good life which maketh a man dear to God. I had rather feel contrition than be skillful in the definition thereof. If thou knewest the whole Bible, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what should all this profit thee without the love and grace of God? Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, save to love God, and Him only to serve. That is the highest wisdom, to cast the world behind us, and to reach forward to the heavenly kingdom.”
—Thomas à Kempis

Translation:
If you are contentious over theology, then you are displeasing the very God you feign to defend and exalt with your intellect. That is vanity. Only to walk by faith in every word that proceeds from God—that is the duty of man.

Note:
There is a difference between “contending for the faith” and being “contentious about the faith.” There is room for rebuking false doctrine or even discussing differences of interpretation, but contention is not the same thing.

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