An article by Justin Holcomb of The Resurgence.
Using words like “heresy” or “blasphemy” are serious charges, like saying “You hate God” or “You’re spitting in His face.” Let’s be careful using it so casually, or no one will take your seriously. Or just stay out of grown-up conversations.
“The frequency and volume of the accusations suggest that some Christians may have lost a sense of the gravity of the charge of heresy. The time has come to call for a strong dose of humility, restraint, and a clear and informed definition of orthodoxy and heresy.
“The current climate shows that we need to relearn the ability to care about right doctrine and have earnest doctrinal disagreements without proclaiming ‘Heresy!’ over every point at which we disagree. We need a more restrained definition of heresy …
“Such an attitude of humble, charitable engagement stands in stark contrast to the spirit of the blogosphere today. Rather than being fundamentalists who turn disagreement into division, we should contend for the truth with humility and grace. That’s how Jesus treated us.”
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Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
— 2 Timothy 2:23-24
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Hey man, I was really curious about your testimony. Just kind of what brought you from unbelief to belief(besides the grace of God). Like, what happened? I bet God did something pretty freaking cool.
You know, I wish I could say there was some thunderous magical world-rocking moment when God tore open the skies and slayed me. But it was really a lot of little things that uppercut me over and over. Most of it was from poor decisions, and other things were bodyslammed on my forehead.
I did grow up an atheist. I decided at ten there was no God. My parents divorced on my fourteenth birthday. There was tons of racism at my school. At some point in my teen years I drank too much and became addicted to strip clubs. There was some fighting, some stupid pseudo-gang stuff, a lot of girl problems, a porn addiction for fifteen years. There was a suicide attempt in 2004, and that was after I had become a “Christian.” I’ve battled depression on and off for years. There are actually whole months I don’t remember because I was walking in a depressed fog.
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We do not live for the approval of man, for we are approved by God. Christ saved me from the desperate sickness of pleasing an illusion. I please the only One who can be pleased.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” — Galatians 1:10.