4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. 5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” 6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
Doctrine divides! Many find that statement to be negative. They believe that the church should only be about unity, love and acceptance. The problem with such thinking is the apostles didn’t hold to that belief. Acts 15 is about the first church council where they debated whether the newly converted Gentiles should have to follow the Law of Moses. In the end they decided that it would not be required of them to do so, for which I am very thankful since I love bacon, but that’s another story. The point of their decision is that there is a dividing line between truth and error, right and wrong, holy and unholy. So then, the statement that doctrine divides is actually positive because having the right belief about God, Jesus, and our salvation matters.