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Friday, August 29, 2014

Dead-Ringer for a Heretic

How do you handle situations where your faith is criticized or questioned?.... (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1562).

I am a Methodist so am well acquainted with having my faith questioned--not by agnostics or atheists--but by my fellow Christians.  They may not flat-out tell me they think I'm the devil's tool, but they have a deep conviction that all main-line Christians are lost; I am Methodist--ergo I am lost.  As dead-on evidence, they may cite that Methodist allow female ministers which is outrageously unbiblical.

Since I am of the conviction that only God knows fully the human heart--even my own--I always feel a little vulnerable to such divining of my deeply sequestered heresy and the accompanying vague look of patronizing pity in the eyes of the righteous.  The piercing certitude that accompanies having a lock on the Holy Spirit is an awesome thing to behold.

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