Maybe we should define the word "apostate" first. It is defined in my dictionary as "a person who completely forsakes his religion, faith, political party or principles." So back to my question: Is a slight variance in belief still rightly called "Apostate?" After all, the dictionary definition says apostasy is a "complete forsaking,"and these people haven't really "completely" given up on their faith, have they?
Let me ask another question to those who might wonder about such things: Is a partial truth still the truth? Think about that. Personally, I would have to say, No, it isn't. And if it isn't "the whole truth" any longer, then what we are really talking about is "apostasy," aren't we? There can be no middle ground. A woman is either pregnant or she is not pregnant; but she is never partially pregnant. Likewise, a person is either saved or they are not saved; but they are never partially saved. We are either true believers, walking as Jesus walked and taught, or we are "apostates." Those who think they can be somewhere in the middle are in danger of tasting the "spit" of Jesus (Revelation 3:15-16). Ouch!
This is really, I think, a great video. I'm going to have to keep an eye on the developments in this so-called "Emergent Church." The video is about 10 minutes long, so grab a coffee and check it out. And as you do, think about my two questions above.
Postscript: Among other things, this video speaks about the "Narrow and the Wide Path"(Matthew 7:13-14) and about the Roman Catholic interest in an "Ecumenical" movement, two topics of interest of mine. I am not going to rehash all that at this time, for I have dealt with those topics before on this blog. But as a very quick synopsis, I have often said that most of what we see today in modern so-called Christianity is firmly planted somewhere along that "Wide Path" that, Jesus said, is leading to destruction. How sadly ironic it is that there are many who think they are "saved" who are really quite lost and headed to destruction (hell?). As for ecumenism, the big problem I've often expressed is that though they preach "unity" in the church, which at first glance sounds good, what they are really after is unity of institution as opposed to unity in the Spirit.
Here's your opportunity to weigh in. I would love to hear your thoughts.
- Is a slight variance of belief still rightly called "apostate?"
- Is a partial truth still "the truth?"
- Is the modern church on the "Wide Path" heading for destruction?
- Is ecumenism a good thing?
- Is the video discussion on the "Emergent Church" a concern for you?