Thom Schreiner: Beware Theological Dangers on Both Left and Right

It’s tempting to charge someone we disagree with of being unbiblical and unfaithful when the debate we’re having is actually within the circle of evangelicalism—whether the matter is spiritual gifts, the doctrine of the Trinity, or counseling. All of us, of course, are unbiblical and unfaithful to some extent, unless we want to say that our doctrine is perfect.

Beware of charging that someone is outside the bounds of orthodoxy when in fact the only issue is that they disagree with you.

(Sidenote: To Schreiner’s spiritual gifts, the doctrine of the Trinity, or counseling, I will add LGBTQ+ labels!)

He continues:

Such zeal on the right can actually drive people away from the truth, because if we charge them with being unorthodox (when they aren’t), they may begin to find friends on the left who don’t caricature their views. Or, they might begin to think, Well, if that’s orthodoxy, then I guess I’m not orthodox.

If the lines are drawn too rigidly, we might unwittingly throw friends into the arms of those who are truly unorthodox.

Read that sentence again: “If the lines are drawn too rigidly, we might unwittingly throw friends into the arms of those who are truly unorthodox.”

Denny Burk, Rosaria Butterfield, Owen Strachan, Doug Wilson, Al Mohler, Al Baker, Steven Wedgeworth, and your ilk, listen up!  You are driving gay Christians committed to the historic Christian sexual ethic “into the arms of those who are truly unorthodox”!

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