What’s the difference between bad doctrine and heresy? Mike Riccardi writes:
All biblical doctrine is important. I would go so far as to say all biblical doctrine is essential. It’s difficult to put any doctrine into a second or third tier, because it somehow feels as if to do so is to say it’s not important. But employing theological triage doesn’t mean that everything that’s not first-order is unimportant, any more than a doctor’s prioritizing a gunshot wound necessarily thinks a sprained ankle is unimportant. But the fact remains: genuine Christians can disagree on things like the mode and recipients of baptism; but if two people disagree on the triunity of God, one is a Christian and the other isn’t.
Posted at The Cripplegate blog, this rather long (but well worth it) piece does a great job of explaining the difference and why it’s important. Today’s church is awash in both, so we need to know the difference.