The Church Needs Heresy Hunters
There is yet another piece of logically suicidal propaganda that teaches that heresy hunters are toxic for the body of Christ. They teach that the people who are reading their Bibles and seeking theological accuracy as missing the bigger picture and ruining it for others. What those who propagate this nonsense do not realize is how toxic this teaching actually is for the Church and how it actually gives Atheists less of a reason to believe in Christ.
The idea that people who are seeking a more accurate theology or even a more Biblically centered teaching are toxic for doing so is nothing more than an ad hominem argument. It neither says how or why people like myself are toxic. The evidence as I will go into Biblically and historically points toward the need for heresy hunters and that they are, in fact, beneficial for the Church.
The reason Atheists add this to their reason as to why not to believe in Christ is simple. If you believe that the Bible is the most important book in the world, that it was so important innumerable people have died for believing and defending it then why do you only take it at face value? Why do you not research the intricacies of the passages? Why do you not want to know what the theological belief of the Bible? I’m sure as some people are reading this they’re thinking, “Because Jesus taught it was more important to love others than understanding theology.” The irony of this is that the statement they just thought is a theological statement in of itself and this is part of the point I’m getting at. Because of the Biblical illiteracy and failure of Christians and their leaders to teach sound doctrine, it is up to the “Heresy Hunters” to use logic, reason and Biblical truth to correct the lies and bring the Church on the right track.
Protestant Denominations Exist Because of Heresy Hunters
Most teachers who teach the anti-theology idea are ironically part of Protestant (non–Catholic) Churches. The reason this is ironic is because the entire reason there are more Churches than the Catholic Church is because of a Heresy hunter known as Martin Luther. If it were not for Martin Luther’s convictions with the corruption of the Catholic Church and the doctrine of indulgences he would never have done what he did and by extension most of the denominations might not be here today.
Now he could have just as easily kept his mouth shut and got with the program. He could have just said, “There is no perfect Church” and continued serving under the corrupted state of the Church and teach the false doctrine of indulgences and no one would have bat an eye because very few knew any better and those that did could not possibly care less. These are the results of the anti–discernment belief.
The Bible Supports Seeking an Accurate Theology
“The Brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” –Acts 17:10-11 (ESV)
The Jews in Berea were more honorable because they actually received the word with all eagerness and examining the Scriptures to make sure they were true. Already the Bible has discredited the anti–discernment movement. But for those who think that only one passage isn’t enough evidence to discredit the anti–discernment movement, (Which is a non–sequitur; lack of evidence does not nullify truth) here is another article I wrote on my personal blog on 7 ways the Bible praises discernment. http://treyzimmerman.blogspot.com/2017/02/7-ways-bible-praises-discernment.html
Biblical discernment is Biblical, historical, logical and beneficial to the growth of the Church. And those who teach or defend the anti–discernment theology are either covering the truth with lies, blind to the truth or going insane denying the truth. I’m sure there are those who are thinking the hearts of these people are in the right place. And they probably are in the right place, but the Bible says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” –Luke 10:27 (ESV) They can have their hearts in the right place but if their heads are not in the right place they still fall short.