Lately when a friend prompted me to consider the theology of a certain denomination, I was reminded how easy it is for those who stand apart from such groups to see their distinctive and defining errors, transgressions that have become invisible to their partisans through the real and terrible forces that govern inadmissibility.

One of the conclusions I have come to—admittedly after a life under the influence of the idea of “mere Christianity”—is that in the same manner that E. Michael Jones identified modernism as the attempt to rationalize sexual misbehavior, so every “denominational” (i.e., uncatholic) theology is an attempt to rationalize known but unadmitted doctrinal error. These attempts produce massive libraries of evasion, the reading of which engenders confusion, wastes life, and was warned against when it was written, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater condemnation.”

Are you a teacher of Christian doctrine? Is everything you teach in the name of your church and its founders the pure Word of God?  You had better be sure.  If after years teaching something as truth that you were too weak or ignorant to recognize as false when you were young, easily seducible, and so joined your party, for God’s sake and your own unburden yourself before you die.