This is something I’m terribly uncomfortable with, until the level of apostasy becomes absurd. I’d much rather let Jesus be the judge… as He most certainly will. But on the other hand, perhaps we’re doing a disservice to the public by not calling out those who call themselves Christian while having no adherence to the Word whatsoever.
I’d like to have discussion on this.
Is it better to chill out, or call out? Is this a thing where some folks are gifted with the calling out, and some folks gifted with the chilling out – as parts of the body of Christ? Is there a line beyond which one cannot cross before every Christian should refuse fellowship and communion until repentance is reached?
Can we differentiate between the folks who are in grave error, and potentially apostate vs. those who are unquestionably out of the family?
(This all came up because one of my non-Christian friends keeps quoting Spong… and I about had an aneurysm … he’s no Christian, how can he be a Christian when he doesn’t believe in a “theistic god” https://thesethingsinside.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/spongs-12-points-for-reform-of-christianity/. I don’t care if you, my non-Christian friend, like what he has to say, but DO NOT QUOTE HIM AS A CHRISTIAN. He blasphemes the name of Christ by claiming it. Or Osteen – might be a Christian. *might*. Needs a hard lesson in martyrs and to be sat down and read the epistles of Peter. But these dudes are *still alive* so there’s still hope of their coming to repentance. So since they’re living humans, they’re by definition not my enemy … it’s repentance that’s wanted, come to Christ, there’s none so sinful they cannot come and be saved…)
Anyway, discuss please.