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"Rather, common belief is precisely what unites us as a community of faith, enabling us to share life together and especially a common expression of worship.

And yes, this has the consequence that those who persevere in lifestyles or practices that are contrary to our common belief cannot attain full membership in the body of believers because, as the adage says, their actions speak louder than their words.

And yes, this is precisely why several epistles of the new testament direct the recipient communities to expel those whose lifestyles were contrary to Christian faith from their midst."


Yes, Jesus was all about exclusivity and pushing people away.

Yes, that was sarcasm.
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