Brett McCracken, “Heresy Often Begins With Boredom”


Here’s an excellent article by Brett McCracken, senior editor at The Gospel Coalition (TGC). Here’s the link, and some brief quotes:

“Heresy Often Begins With Boredom”


“Sadly, when boredom leads Christians to stop going to church—even if they say they still believe in Jesus—it almost always leads them to theological heterodoxy (unorthodox, not mainstream). And this should be unsurprising to us, of course: Church community is one of the great checks against heresy. Churchless, DIY (Do It Yourself) faith inevitably becomes unorthodox.” (words in parentheses mine, Steve Sewell)

“But when boredom leads us to ditch Christian community, it leaves us theologically vulnerable—like the sheep who’s wandered away from the flock. The people who surround us, who we process life with, shape our hearts and ideas profoundly. A Christian life that’s an island is a Christian life bound for theological confusion, or worse.”

“Church tradition is not inerrant. Let’s get that out of the way. Where it needs to be reformed, it should. But church tradition—orthodoxy and orthopraxy passed down from generation to generation—is a source of guidance and wisdom we should treasure.”

“Ultimately when we become bored with things that should actually inspire in us awe and gratitude, the problem is pride. We think our spiritual path is ours to chart. We think when it comes to knowing God and living rightly, “I got this.” But just as pride came before the fall in Eden, so too does this sort of spiritual pride precede our veering away from orthodoxy. We should see orthodoxy as beautiful because it is bigger than us. It came before us and will be there after we’re gone. We should see its continuity as ballast amid the tumult of life—a source of beauty and stability that is anything but boring.”