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NACC: No Heresy is Too Great - Study Questions



Q1 – Hebrews 6:4-8 reads: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and were made partners of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it was dressed, receiveth blessing from God.  But that which bareth thorns and briers is rejected and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”  What heresy is left?  What sacrilegious act remains to be taken by the United Church, that so-called “Evangelical Reformers” might see the light and leave?  If the UCC, once was orthodox, it is now lost; Hebrews 6: 4-8 tells us the denomination cannot be brought to repentance.  After a half century or more, is it not time to concede this ungodly reality and move to a new anointed field?

Q2 – Why do people refuse, year after year, decade after decade, to leave what they know to be an apostate denomination?

Q3 – What should the role of evangelicals be towards renewal groups in the UCC (and other liberal denominations)?  From the perspective of Canadian Christendom, is it better to fellowship with liberal unorthodoxy, given the half century or longer track record of such association, or should the orthodox separate in witness against the heresy?  Given the decades of witness by many of Christendom’s brightest and most gifted evangelical theologians and clergy, what reasons do “reformers” now claim for believing this next decade will be different?

Q4 – The Status Quo witness is not working; if anything, religious liberalism is infecting the orthodox at an ever-increasing rate.  If the prevailing environment does not call for a quarantine (isolation) of the counterfeit believer and development of a solidarity among the healthy, then what do you suggest be done?  The Status Quo is not acceptable.  A homosexist worldview, a natural (Darwinian) theological worldview, etc., are not issues that Christians can agree to disagree on.

Q5 – Some reformers have argued that they are like “Hosea” called into marriage with a sinful and idolatrous “Gomer.”  Others call their relationship with the United Church of Canada, their Nineveh situation.  Still others claim to be like Job, under trial to make a denial, in their case denial and separation from their denomination.  Do these Old Testament references offer any credibility to the argument for remaining in an apostate denomination?  What does the New Testament say a Christian should do in cases where another so-called “believer” will not respond to godly advice and correction?  Is the Biblical prescription of turning the other cheek or of forgiving seventy-seven times applicable to cases of apostasy?