It’s no secret that Christians of different denominations often find themselves in disagreement.
Sometimes those disagreements are about minor issues like whether it’s okay to watch movies or drink alcohol. Other times those disagreements are much more major like when someone should be baptized—as an infant or as an adult—or who can participate in communion—is it only people who are members of your church or is anyone who professes Jesus welcome?
In recent years one of the biggest discussions and points of contention for many Christians is around LGBTQ issues. Can someone be both gay-affirming and call themselves a genuine follower of Jesus? Some denominations would say yes while others disagree.
Even within any given denomination, you will often find disagreement. Wesleyan churches might internally debate what the Bible really says about sanctification while Reformed churches might discussion whether women should be allowed in ministry.
All of this debate and discussion, while healthy, might lead some to wonder what beliefs are required to consider yourself a Christian. Can you be a Christian and believe dancing is okay? Can you be a Christian and believe the world was created through evolution? Can you be a Christian and believe Jesus didn’t actually come back to life?
Just about everyone would agree there needs to be some minimum standard of belief but what is it? What are the non-negotiables of the Christian faith? The things that all Christians need to believe in order to consider themselves Christian?