The Bible teaches us that "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor." (Ecclesiastes 4:9) The CEEC recognizes that there are many different parts of the Body of Christ, and that we are called to excel at different things. So it just makes sense that we work together, do what we are each good at -- and advance the Kingdom of God.
Paul insisted in Romans 14 that we stop passing judgment on one another. And he did so because nothing is more important than the unity we are to express in Christ as we demonstrate a deep, active, and visible love for one another. What we choose to eat, how we prefer to dress, and which holidays we choose to celebrate are not the central focus of our relationship
with Jesus. They never have been.
Instead, we are to “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Of course you’ll have your preferences. So will I. We are different from one another, and our differences will express themselves in many ways. But however they are expressed, they should never be allowed to divide people who are in Christ.
We can choose to separate over a particular element of doctrine we don’t like. We can determine to dismiss people because we don’t like the way they dress up for church (or refuse to dress up for church). We can exclude them because we don’t like where they’ve come from or perhaps
even the color of their skin. If we do so, then we are walking in disobedience to His direct command.
Wouldn’t it make much more sense if we took the biblical approach and chose to ask ourselves, “If God has accepted them after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ…