I realize it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything here. Seminary + work = stress. So let me try to share some thoughts I’ve had in the interim.
The question on my mind this morning is, “If you know a topic will be unpopular in a group of people who are close friends (not just a polite party or gathering), should you bring the topic up anyway if you view the topic as important?”
I really struggle with this because people tend to like to disagree strongly with a strong assertion, but don’t like to stand for anything positively. For example, if I throw anyone under the bus theologically, people like to stand against me by being equally forceful in proclaiming “but that person has won many souls to Christ!” This assertion, of course, has nothing directly to do with that person’s theology–but their tireless efforts must give them some sort of pass.
I see this a lot in my circles, honestly. I see a lot of the other problem too, namely, completely discrediting someone else simply because they disagree on some sort of doctrine. This is the phenomena of drawing the circle of orthodoxy so tightly around oneself that one must stand on one foot to stay in the circle.
Can’t we, as evangelicals (confessional evangelicals, even!), be willing to speak the hard words that this or that preacher is frankly dead wrong and question what sort of effects his wrong doctrines have had on his disciples, while still rejoicing that God sovereignty and the power of the Gospel can still go forth from earthen pots?
Maybe that’s asking a lot. Too much, even.