Friday, September 08, 2006
Nobody expects heresy to be an issue anymore
There are lots of reasons why we stumble into error.
1. We are lazy
2. We are sinful, proud and stubborn
3. Even if we are in the process of reconstruction we are growing in grace and knowledge
4. Parts of our theological framework may be skewed in such a way that we filter out Bible passages that would correct our faulty interpretations
We should aim to believe the truth and to progressively eliminate error from our thinking. And that is a process that we are not always serious enough about. To quote R. C. Sproul "I have never applied myself totally to the careful mastery of the Bible". Some questions:
Q 1. Why is the concept of heresy so unacceptable today?
Here's a response along those lines from a blog comment " I am truly shocked that the men that I mentioned above are being accused of attempting to destroy the Christian faith. Is that the kind of discourse that is accepted in your part of… sorry I have no idea where this is".
Q 2. So what's the difference between this admission of culpable error (points 1-4) and being so badly in error that we are heretical?
Q 3. If someone believes a heresy does that also make them a heretic?
Q. 4 Can someone be a genuine believer but say, believe and maybe even teach things that are heretical?