Whenever I confront error, people turn the tables by suggesting--if not flat-out declaring--that I'm either divisive or deceived. They probably think I'm both. Indeed, my passion for speaking out has recently gotten me (and, consequently, John) in serious trouble. In my flesh, I want to pull back, soften my position, apologize and "play nice." Those who believe I'm wrong could then pat me on the head, praise my submission, and everybody could happily celebrate
Reconciliation is wonderful, but not at the expense of truth. It's lovely to follow Jim van Yperen's teaching that we're all wrong, and we need to "come to the foot of the cross" in mutual repentance, but sometimes such kum-bi-yah moments may be the last thing God wants. I think of the apostle Paul calling out the Judaizers in Galatia and the Gnostics in Colossae. Although I by no means consider myself an apostle, I think of his counsel to both the Corinthians and the Philippians to imitate him as he imitated Christ.
I can't say what I'll finally do when I'm eyeball-to-eyeball with the others. I pray to let the Bible, not van Yperen's theories, guide me. But man!--This is work!