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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    Good article!
    Not sure I can see the difference between “personal convictions” and “preferences” – as you’ve defined them.
    May I also suggest that an “essential” conviction is one that is necessary for the holder to obtain salvation, and that all other “convictions” are personal.
    e.g. misguided zealouts will die for many different things – take the Branch Davidians or the Jonestown massacre.
    What you might die for others might not – yet they could still be in Christ.
    Or perhaps 3 tiers are better?
    – Salvation convictions = necessary for Christ & heaven
    – Important convictions = define the bounds of cooperation in ministry
    – Personal convictions = matters of liberty

    God Bless

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    Jason Harris

    Hey Albert,

    Thanks for the comment.

    As a fundamentalist, I believe there are many people who are born again believers who are not obedient to Scripture in various areas. That’s the angle I’m coming from here. I’m not really trying to draw a line in saying what is essential to salvation, but to fellowship.

    For instance, you can be saved without believing you need to be baptised, but you have missed something that is clearly revealed in Scripture. Something that is an essential… a fundamental if you will.

    About people dying for a conviction, my emphasis is on the phrase “so clearly revealed in Scripture.” I agree many will die for misguided ideas. That’s why exegesis and sound expository preaching are essential… so we make sure we understand God’s Word carefully.

    Grace to you.


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