Paul Vander Klay
July 28, 2010
I picked it up a few weeks ago. I'm only up to chapter 3 but I'm enjoying it.
I don't heresy is essential for growth of the church at all. Of course, the challenges that heresy present often result in determining what is, in fact, orthodoxy. But heresy doesn't just sharpen thinking, it leads people away from the one true God and compromises their salvation. It may or may not last (many have - Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Prosperity Gospel, etc.), but in the present heresy could very well be claiming the souls of those who believe they are actually saved when they are not.But heresy and "iron sharpening iron" are two different things. The latter can occur, and does occur, without presenting any threat whatsoever to the foundation of the Christian faith. It is when core theological principles: sinfulness of man, deity of Christ, the crucifixion/resurrection, etc. - when that begins to be questioned and/or dismissed, heresy at bay and the church should be adamant to crush it at the first opportunity.
Favourite heretics ? Martin Luther of course ( I,m a protestant- heretic)? John Bunyan for making the bible come alive for me 3 years after becoming a Christian. My faith rests on Jesus Christ and is strengthened & shaped by His Holy Spirit in me & my brothers & sisters in Christ. I and my family once left a church after the leadership got into 'Astral Travel' ! we talked it over but they & most of the fellowship would not move-- so we did.
Thanks for such a thoughtful discussion of this, I will be keeping an eye open for that book now. I think I use a combination of strapping myself to the mast and having some beeswax on hand for when the volume is too loud for too long. Once again this shows the wisdom of reading history and being aware of the forces that have shaped the Church.
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