Friends, it is possible—even more, biblically commanded—to strive for truth and unity while sacrificing neither. When we have the truth, we must foster and cultivate unity in our local churches and with others around the world via social media.
I think Christians need a “come to Jesus” moment over their flippant use of the “H-word.” No, I’m not referring to using the biblical term Hell as a cuss word (which is an issue). I’m talking about our casual use of the term heresy.
Heresy, classically defined, is “used to describe those theological errors so serious that it would deprive one of salvation” (Ask Ligonier, Bob Godfrey).
It is when we stray away from that definition that we meander into all sorts of mischief. Godfrey went on:
Error is error. Error can be serious. Error can be small. Error is always bad, and to be avoided. But there are some errors that are so huge that they really are cutting us off from God, because we have so misunderstood Him and His truth. And that’s what heresy classically was used for in the church.