Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Danger of Setting Precedents

"In practical terms, once a church or Christian organisation allows some vocal advocates of false teaching (or even one) to have a position of influence, then those people become precedents by which others can be allowed in."

Grudem, Beyond The Bounds, p. 344

This is true of institutions (colleges and seminaries), denominations and publishers. Once they are in, and are tolerated, how do you get them out? Once a book has questioned or contradicted a doctrine what prevents the publisher from saying "well, we have made this decision before to publish these views"?

Shouldn't there be repentance for allowing error to enter instead of a "hey we crossed that bondary before so I guess we can carry on doing so"?

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