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Beware of Nice Heretics March 26, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.
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Joe,

I have to say I got a chuckle out of your ‘Trinity Joke’ that you posted earlier this morning. But in seriousness, it made me remember that, while I am certainly passionate that God’s people press on to know Him in increasing clarity, there comes a time when His truth is meant to drop us to our faces in hushed worship rather than wax eloquently about unsearchable mysteries.

That said, let me stress again that I long for God’s people to press on to know Him more and more. I think in our day the bigger danger in the Church is not waxing eloquently about complex issues, but rather apathetic resignation that God’s truth cannot be discerned by ‘ordinary’ people. Such a mentality is I believe an insult to the Lord, and a violation of the greatest commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.

When we throw our hands up and act like we simply can’t understand God’s revelation of Himself, the inevitable result is the abandonment of orthodox Christian teaching. This is a subtle process which the average person will probably not notice, and serves to remind me how important it is to have shepherds who have a discerning eye and can distinguish truth from error (Acts 20:28ff). For those who dispense error appear often times to be great men of God. Writing about Arius, the 4th century heretic who denied the deity of Jesus Christ, Parker Williamson writes:

“Here was a bright, energetic, attractive fellow, the kind of citizen whom any Rotary Club would welcome. Singing sea chanties in dockside pubs and teaching Bible stories to the Wednesday night faithful, this was an immensely popular man. His story reminds us that heresy does not bludgeon us into belief. We are seduced.”

At the end of Romans, Paul wrote, “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” We must beware of those who would lead us astray from the sound, apostolic teaching that has been preserved for us in Holy Scripture. For those who lead God’s people astray will not bludgeon us into heresy; they will seduce us. Be cautious not to evaluate a teacher by whether he is nice, or funny, or passionate. Be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), who examined everything they were taught in light of the whole counsel of God.

Longing for the kind of unity that arises out of doctrinal purity and love for the Truth,

Larry

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