Where do you draw the line between apostasy and just being in error?
We all have faults, we all have some degree of error in our beliefs, but what of a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus yet they are wrong on so many things? Some of the basic fundamentals. It does no good to give examples because that’s picking and choosing what doctrines are ‘acceptable’ to err in. (we cannot make that call) If someone is in error on SO many things, then how can they TRULY be in the Word? How can they say they are following Jesus when they believe things that are taught by man? There are people who’s beliefs not only do NOT mirror Christianity as Jesus and the apostles taught it, but they are not even a loose likeness! It is unrecognizable! The only thing I have in common with these people is that Jesus in Lord – that’s it.
There are false teachers on tv that also claim that Jesus is Lord but they are well-known for their apostasy so there must be a better gauge for this.
The reason why I ask…..there are people I’ve known for a few years and we have drifted apart because of doctrine. I question myself constantly, wondering if I’m going crazy, if I’m deceived or going apostate. But I keep coming back to the Bible. I don’t listen to preachers very often but I know these people do. I also know these people do not read their Bibles. They read articles, watch preachers on tv and radio but some do not read their Bibles at all, and the others do but only to follow along with what their preachers are saying.
It’s gotten so bad that I cannot nor do I want to have anything to do with them. I cannot talk to them about anything because we disagree on so much that they will stop me at the first sentence and start argueing. I’m not exaggerating…..we cannot have a conversation about anything unless it is ‘light’. As soon as we get into a deep discussion and I bring up Scripture that goes against what they believe, they refuse to listen, argue with the verses, ignore me and hold dear their own beliefs. Are they apostate or just in error like I am on certain things?
So now, I don’t know how to act. To be truthful, I am angry because I see this as willful deceitfulness. How can I keep company with people like that? I’m not better than them or anyone, I know I’m in error on things and lack understanding….BUT I DO love the truth!!! That’s all I care about. Am I wrong for withdrawing from them? And where do we draw this line? Do we even have the authority to draw it? We are to have discernment and not keep company with those who will drag us into their evil but are they evil and apostate or in the same boat as me and many others who are not perfect?