I have heard both fundamentalists and liberal Christian say that that the other is corrupting the teachings of Christ. This is happens in the Muslim world and probably most religions throughout time. Recently LilySmith listed one version of the list of the 5 fundamentals and said, “Anyone who denies these fundamentals of Christian teaching should simply stop calling themselves Christians and move on.” But you can’t take your ball and go home if it wasn’t your ball in the first place. Each generation is handed these imperfect traditions. No one owns them.
My question is, who gets to decide who moves on? Martin Luther’s words started a war over it. Since then, thousands of groups have figured out different ways of dividing up their organizations. The movement from illiteracy and priests speaking in ancient languages to everyone having the right to interpret the Bible and the more scholarly movement of textual criticism was a slow one, occurring over generations. Then someone writes a pamphlet or claims to have a vision and they think they can tell all the other Christians to “move on”? That hardly seems fair.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world is moving on. Those who haven’t are using terrorism or at least hate speech to keep themselves in the conversation. I welcome everyone into the conversation about how we all get along. What I ask is that when you come into that conversation, you drop the right to claim that your point of view has a special status. It can only have that power over you. If you don’t agree to that, then you are not having a conversation about getting along.