The Heresy Lode
One of the problems that Dave Hunt and I had nearly a quarter of a century ago was convincing Christians that there was a substantial seduction taking place in the church that was undermining "the faith...once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). As frustrating as that experience was, those were the "good old days!" A wry grin comes across my face when I think about how many times we were accused of "digging for heresies among God's anointed servants." Although one did not have to "dig up" the false doctrines that were being taught back then, neither were they as common as rocks.
Today, heresies are coming out of the religious mines by the truckloads and openly sold on every corner. Christians are lining up for this spiritual fool's gold! Here are two examples, though hardly the most ludicrous or outrageous of those coming across my desk daily.
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, blames individualistic views of salvation for ills plaguing the church in the United States. She argues that Christians should reject the belief "that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God." Obviously, Paul badly misinformed the Philippian jailor. Or not!
Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan, warns about Christian Palestinianism, a pro-Islamic movement that the Anglican Church, as well as some evangelical leaders are supporting: "Arab Christians [have] reinterpreted Scripture in order to delegitimize the Jews' claim to the land of Israel, this kick-started replacement theology, which roared back into the imaginations, sermons and thinking of the Anglican Church. The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, Riah Abu el-Assal, claimed of Palestinian Christians: 'We are the true Israel....'" Another writer notes that this heretical agenda is guilty of "de-biblicizing the Bible," expelling "the Jews from their own Scriptures," and reinterpreting it "from the viewpoint of the Qur'an."
Saints, we sorely need our "loins girt about with truth" (Ephesians:6:14) in these days of rampant apostasy. A seatbelt of righteousness is also necessary safety equipment.
T. A. McMahon