Dr. Al Mohler once again gives us clear, concise information on heresy and points the finger at the real culprit - poor scholarship. One can find an excellent example of such poor scholarship here. Unsurprisingly, the author bills herself as an Episcopal priest and mystic.
Well, they are exactly right. As a matter of fact, the pattern of marginalizing false renderings of Jesus is found even in the New Testament, where the apostles are continuously defending one understanding of Christ and rejecting all others. The apostles unapologetically rejected false teachings about Christ and argued for what the Apostle Paul called the “pattern of sound words.” To the Galatians Paul wrote: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” [Galatians 1:8-9]
Professor Karen King rejects Christian orthodoxy and hopes to eliminate the words “heresy” from the Christian vocabulary. But there is no Christianity if there is no defense against heresy. Heresy is not an abstract issue — it is a denial of the truth that leads to salvation.
That’s why Christians can never respond to heresy with indifference. As the late Harold O. J. Brown observed, “the important thing about heresies is the fact that they are not just permissible variations, options, or choices, but by their very nature so undermine Christian faith that they may well render salvation unattainable for the one who makes the mistake of embracing them.”