The “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference, which will be held at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, May 23-25, is an excellent opportunity for church leaders to network with other leaders and be challenged on this year’s topic “The Glory of the Gospel.” The conference website for registration and further information is here.
The plenary speaker is Dr. Don Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Don has produced much work on this topic and his sermons can be found here.
The first workshop, “None Dare Call It Heresy: Substitute Gospels and Their Evangelists,” is a study of the concept of heresy in the Scriptures. Some of the material in this workshop will come from my four Emmaus Journal articles entitled “Whatever Happened to Heresy?” Those four articles are being published as a small book and will be available soon.
Just one thought on this first workshop: We live in a culture addicted to choices. But as Dr. Barry Schwartz points out in his book The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, having numerous choices is not always best. The term “heresy” means choice. Those who choose to believe alternative gospels need to be challenged from the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul warns Timothy:
16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Tim. 2)
1. What contemporary Christian writers come to your mind when you think of the term “heresy”?
2. While violence against heretics is not condoned in the Scriptures, what are some steps we can take to minimize the damage such teachers do?
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