I’ve been thinking about controversy among Christians a lot lately.
A writer I follow on Facebook is accused of promoting a “dangerous” liberal theology. Ironically, his theology isn’t liberal at all, just rooted in a historical Christian tradition the accuser wasn’t familiar with. Which must make it “liberal,” right?
A friend confides that they keep their Reformed views quiet, for fear of being labeled “dangerous” by the Arminian majority where they live.
I interrogate the poor Christian school administrator visiting our church about what type of science they teach at their school. He launches into a good-natured speech that has obviously been carefully crafted for maximum diplomacy. I find myself wondering if Bob Jones curriculum is “dangerous.”
So I really appreciated Ed Cyzewski’s recent post on The Dangers of Labeling Other Christians Dangerous. Still, I couldn’t help but notice the internal dialogue going through my head while I was reading it. “But some views ARE dangerous! What about heresy? What about wolves in sheep’s clothing? To say some views aren’t dangerous is DANGEROUS!”
That’s when it occured to me. We need to learn the difference between what’s heresy, and what’s just a different hermeneutic.