Regardless of whether you believe it or not, would you say that the central doctrine or belief of Christianity is that Jesus is God's son, and he died for our sins so that our sins could be forgiven by God?
That seems simple enough.
God is love. I believe that. I believe that God's love and Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf are not only scriptural, but that they go hand in hand. Case in point, John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believed in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.
If a non-Christian says they don't believe that, we have no problem saying that we disagree with their position. But when someone who calls himself a Christian says that, and he's called out on it, people kill the messenger.
I wonder why the Christians confronting the heresy are getting the bad rap, not the heretic. It makes my blood boil, and it makes me wonder if we've lost the meaning of truth.
Lest you feel my terminology is too strong or intolerant, I go to dictionary.com for a definition of heresy:
opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or belief system.
I know that everyone doesn't believe as I do. I believe that each person has the right to choose what you believe.
I know that within the Christian churches there are a lot of differences, and I believe that there's room for a lot of differences. I'm glad that we have different styles of worship, and churches with different doctrinal emphasis. Because of that, the Christian church can meet the needs of many different people.
I also believe that some foundational truths are core to Christian beliefs. There are some things that you must embrace if you are calling yourself a Christian. One of those is the need for a savior, a redeemer, a lamb without blemish -- Christ.
Christ/Christian? Seems simple to me.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned.
The gospel is the "good news" of Jesus. That is doctrine. Thus going against it is heresy.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
You can disagree with any or all of the above. Many people do. But please don't disagree about it and call yourself a Christian. It undermines the faith.
(Edited: I was being vague on person, not wanting to appear to be "bullying" any one particular person. I'm not exactly targeting him, although this person is who has rankled me of late. I don't want there to be any confusion or misunderstanding, because apparently there are many issues stirring up controversy out there.
My post is in response to this).