Posts Tagged ‘heresy’

Who listens to heretics?

July 20, 2010

When I grew up in the South among conservative evangelical Christians, Mormonism was considered at best a heresy, but most people actually seemed to consider it a cult. We would notice who the Mormon kids were after baseball games because they were the ones who got the Sprites instead of the Cokes or Dr. Peppers. The few Mormon families at our school were known for being Mormons, much more so than Catholics were known for being Catholic or Pentecostals were know for being Pentecostals and I’m sure there were Jews at my school but I couldn’t name any off the top of my head because they were not as known for being Jewish as the Mormons were for being Mormons. The Mormons had their own book that seemed silly to us. They believed that Jesus came to North America and racism against blacks had actually at one time been institutionalized through the doctrine of their church. In short, no one stuck out more for being different than Mormons. And since I was very serious about my sheep and goat theology, Mormons were heretics in my mind and even in my conversations with friends.

This is why I find the feud between Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis and Glenn Beck and Union Seminary so strange. Beck is a Mormon. He has his own theological convictions. Wallis and Union are Protestant Christians and have their own theological convictions. The theological differences are fundamental, not quibbles about how to implement the Gospel in one’s everyday life. The Scriptures upon which Union and Wallis hold their faith are totally different than that of Beck. (more…)

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