Heresy is considered by many to be a dirty word. After all, who wants to be known as a heresy hunter? Who wants to be considered narrow and bigoted as to say that his view of the truth is the only view of the truth? In fact, in some circles, if you affirm evangelical Christianity, you are labeled a religious terrorist.
Embarrassed Christians are those who claim to believe in the orthodox or the “mere” Christian message, yet have views that are in direct conflict with that message and instead mirror the non-Christian (or anti-Christian) views of pop-culture.
Hiking down a steep hill, we found ourselves standing at the foot of one of the most beautiful, pristine rivers I’ve ever seen. It looked like something out of National Geographic.
To say that only those chosen by God can believe is to ignore the plain teachings of the New Testament. If this be true, then Jesus’ commission to evangelize the world and the many pleas for lost people to believe in Him for salvation are meaningless.
We are having conversations and disagreements as to the message and content of the gospel, and these divergent views seem to be leading to contentious discussions about the foundation of our belief system.