A guide to safe sects?: Roger Olson’s list of “approved denominations.”

My colleague, Roger Olson, has published this post on his blog, “My List of `Approved Denominations.’”   One commentator says: “I’m disappointed that you have nothing to say about the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.”  Roger replies: “Would any faithful Catholic or Orthodox theologian put any Protestant denominations on his or her list of approved denominations to recommend to people? Not in my experience.”

My answer: Roger’s correct. We wouldn’t, since we don’t think it’s up to the individual Christian to treat communion with the Church as a matter of spiritual consumerism. The Catholic (or Orthodox) is, or ought to be, more concerned with the Church approving him rather than him approving it. At the end of the day, the whole idea of “church shopping” sounds like a brief for ecclesiastical promiscuity, which, in my experience, always leads to unsafe sects, no matter the advertised effectiveness of one’s theological prophylactic.

 


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