The following is an excerpt from Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s first sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the church’s new location:
“I would propose that the subject of the ministry in this house, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply – ‘It is Jesus Christ’.
My venerated predecessor, Dr. Gill, has a body of divinity, admirable and excellent in its way; but the body of divinity to which pin and bind myself forever, god helping me, is not his system, or any other human treatise; but Jesus Christ, who is the sum and substance of the gospel, who is in himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious truth, the all-glorious personal embodiment of the way, the truth, and the life.” (emphasis added)
In other words, Spurgeon didn’t major in minors. He knew to put Jesus Christ before his denomination and so on. In fact, Spurgeon had a paedobaptist as principal of his college. I believe this is a good model for all of us. Rather than allowing our views on secondary and tertiary issues–though important–to divide us.