Matthew 5:16 (NAS)- Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
“Heretic” and “Apostate” are words that we Christians oftentimes throw around at anything or anyone who’s devotional expression, evangelistic efforts or doctrinal emphases might seem a little different from our own.
Of course, we do such things because Christianity has ceased being a disciplic religion (Matthew 28:18-20). Truth be told, most of us operate in a mode of blind ignorance and inquisitorial fear.
A heresy is a faction created by strong, unorthodox opinions. (Galatians 5:20) An apostate is someone who has blatantly departed from the Faith delivered to us by the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 4:1)
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a special partaking of the body and blood of Christ for those who have been initiated into Christian discipleship through baptism. (1 Cor. 10:16) But of course… regardless of what the Bible says or what the disciples of the Apostles said, most Christians do not believe that Christ is truly present in the elements of Holy Communion.
Interestingly, even though all of the 40,000 Christian denominations claim to be part of the “One Faith and One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5), the majority exclude (or excommunicate) one another for having disagreements on the non-essential doctrines of the Apostolic Faith.
The greatest of the essential commandments that our Lord left his disciples was that we love one another as He has loved us, so that by our earnest love for one another, the world can recognize us as His disciples. (John 13:34-35)
Since the majority of us operate in this world in a mode of ignorance, it is important that we find a teacher that will instruct us on how to use the “reins of reason,” so that our irrational impulses might not destroy us, or trample those who are closest to us.
An example that proves that the majority of Christians are both heretics and schismatics can be recognized through the following simple formula of logic:
- Lord Jesus commanded that His disciples love one another as He loved them so that the world could recognize them as His followers.
- The Christian world blatantly chooses to safeguard its divisions by excluding one another from the Sacrament of Communion- the visible sign of mystic oneness.
- Therefore the Christian world and its 40,000 denominations have departed from the injunctions and teachings of Lord Jesus, which makes them apostates and heretics.
So before you call me a Heretic or an Apostate…do yourself a favor and check the log that is in your own eye, before you try to pull the straw out of mine. (Matthew 7:3)