I think we’ve finally gotten to the real issue: does the conservative branch of the Churches of Christ have a scriptural rationale for declaring as apostate (damned) those who disagree on certain hot-button issues? Hopefully, as we explore this question, we can talk more meaningfully about our disagreements on grace in general.
I asked Greg Tidwell to explain why he makes some doctrinal error salvation issues and some not. He responded that my demanding a checklist is legalistic. It’s been a long time since I’ve been called a legalist!
And so I responded that I don’t want a checklist. I just want to know why the checklists that he and others have published treat certain doctrinal error — but not all doctrinal error — as damning. To make the point, I posted excerpts from two of his published articles listing of doctrinal errors that damn.
Greg will be responding late this coming week. In the meantime, I challenged the conservative readership to offer their own explanations for why certain doctrinal errors damn. And I’m quite sincere. I’d love to see the best possible arguments posted at GraceConversation. If the conservative view of apostasy is right, surely someone out there can state the argument for it.