Hapax Legomena posts thoughts on doctrinal purity. He makes a popular argument for ecumenism. Here We Stand is singled out as a blog that takes it to the extreme. I would have to agree with him, however I would argue whether exhuberance about seeking doctrinal purity is a always a bad thing. Also, I would add that many Christians, including confessional Lutherans, believe that any false doctrine corrupts the Gospel. We believe this is the basis for the many warnings in scripture against false teachings. I personally believe that the reason for so many denominations is NOT because of the failings of man but because brave souls stood up to false teachers and broke away.
I’m not actually against doctrinal purity. I am against making it the supreme concern of the Church to the exclusion of all other aspects of the Church’s life and to the detriment of the church’s unity. I bring this up in reaction to several posts I’ve read lately around the blogosphere that have advocated, directly or indirectly, a kind of theological absolutism. It goes something like this...
I did remind Hapax that Here We Stand is Keep is written and frequented by confessional Lutheran thelogians or would-be theologians and they often discuss things that are above many people’s head. I do read it as it updates, ponder their discussions and comment when I feel I can. I would probably recommend Confessing Evangelical as a good alternative. It's written with great forethought, but in a more gentle way. Hapax Legomena ends his post with an admonition:
I am called to live with sinners around me, and to love them while recognizing their sin. In the same way I have to live with the theological sinners around me, not supporting sin or false doctrine, but recognizing that the grace of God covers even this. And above all else, I have to recognize that I am a sinner, that my own theology isn’t perfect, and that I must come humbly and boldly to Jesus for grace.
I don't like how he started out his conclusion, separating Christians from sinners and I was going to remind him that we are all sinners in God's eyes and we remain sinners the rest of our lives. But he ended well with a statement we should all make. Amen to that, Hapax Legomena. You don't even have to come to Jesus; He already came to us. That is the gospel. The Good News!