James White, on the latest Dividing Line episode, roughly 88 minutes in:
The fundamentalist mindset says, “You need to condemn whoever I condemn. And if you don’t, then the only reason could be that you’re actually secretly on their side, and therefore I must separate from you, and therefore I will condemn you and expose you.” The problem with that mindset, obviously, is that it cannot result in anything but the building of teeny tiny little enclaves of people who think identically with one another. And there aren’t many people who do that.
And everywhere I go now, I meet people who have come out of that kind of narrow, barren, shallow, graceless kind of religion, and have discovered something much more vibrant, and much more alive.
The context of this was the whole Twitter debacle with R. Scott Clark blocking James, and the general outcry for James’ treating Douglas Wilson as a brother in Christ. But this abstraction in the middle of that concrete context deeply resonates.
A passage I’ve been reminding myself frequently is 1 Corinthians 8:1-3:
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.