Let me get one thing clear. There are times when it is necessary to speak out against heresy. Two high profile examples of this over the last few years have been on the subjects of Christ in his death taking the wrath of God upon himself, and the rejection of the doctrine of eternal punishment for the unrepentant.
These are doctrines that are vital to the Christian faith, and the fact that they were being denied by well known evangelicals was of great concern. Therefore, there are some issues that are vital, others not so. In the case mentioned in the previous post, none of those mentioned had denied fundamental truth.
Incidentally, even when it comes to those denying fundamental truth, they should still be treated properly even if they are considered to be in the wrong. It is sad to see the tone of some of the correspondence from Christians. They see it as denouncing sin, therefore justify their vitriol. But the Apostle Paul writes: Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.(Galatians 6:1 NIV). That is in the context of the local church, but surely the same principle applies in the wider setting.
The question does arise as to what constitutes fundamental truth, about which we need to speak out, and what are “secondary” issues. I will come to this in my next post.
What do you think?