A Wrong-Headed Appeal to Matthew 18

D.A. Carson on how do properly deal with a situation where a Person A writes a book promoting heresy and Person B publicly seeks to refute Person A without talking to him first:

770px-Daniel_Huntington_Philosophy_and_Christian_Art“…it is no part of wisdom to “Tut-tut” the narrow-mindedness of Person B and smile condescendingly and dismissively over such judgmentalism. That may play well among those who think the greatest virtue in the world is tolerance, but surely it cannot be the honorable path for a Christian. Genuine heresy is a damnable thing, a horrible thing. It dishonors God and leads people astray. It misrepresents the gospel and entices people to believe untrue things and to act in reprehensible ways. Of course, Person B may be entirely mistaken. Perhaps the charge Person B is making is entirely misguided, even perverse. In that case, one should demonstrate the fact, not hide behind a procedural matter. And where Person B is advancing serious biblical argumentation, it should be evaluated, not dismissed with a procedural sleight-of-hand and a wrong-headed appeal to Matthew 18.”

Read more: http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/editorial-on-abusing-matthew-18

 

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