Call It What It Is

Recently the news about Francis Beckwith has been buzzing around many blogs about his return to Rome. Even in this site I’ve had one of the highest hits and several exchanges of comments. Obviously, Romish and Romish sympathetics did not like my implication of Beckwith’s action as apostasy. That is completely understandable (coming from them).

But what is continually confusing and bothersome is the pro-Rome views amongst professing evangelicals including notable evangelical scholars. One such example is David Howard’s article “Rome-ward Bound” in Wall Street Journal (Howard is noted Old Testament scholar). Regardless his noted scholarship I am disappointed with his article nonetheless. I think he gives mixed messages. But he is not alone in having sentimental or sympathetic view toward Beckwith. What is more troubling to me is how can professing evangelicals shy away from calling apostasy as apostasy. I mean what else do you call leaving the biblical gospel for something else as not apostasy? I thought apostasy means just that. But apparently, professing evangelicals are afraid to call it what it is. That is why I am so glad that there are men like Dan Phillips of Pyromaniacs who calls it what it is.

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2 thoughts on “Call It What It Is

  1. The theopedia definition is not very helpful. It does, however, list the Catholic Encyclopedia as a reference. Here is the core of that definition that is relevant to the Beckwith case: “Perfidiæ [apostasy a fide] is the complete and voluntary abandonment of the Christian religion, whether the apostate embraces another religion such as Paganism, Judaism, Mohammedanism, etc., or merely makes profession of Naturalism, Rationalism, etc. The heretic differs from the apostate in that he only denies one or more of the doctrines of revealed religion, whereas the apostate denies the religion itself, a sin which has always been looked upon as one of the most grievous. “

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