I have received the conclusion to which Paul leads me. Did he tell the orthodox Corinthians to cast their heterodox friends out of their synagogue, or to non-fellowship them? No; and further than this, he still fraternised with the church, although they gave him so much annoyance ... His object was to enlighten and reclaim, not to cut off ...Orthodox means those who uphold the 'standard' or 'official' view, especially in matters of doctrine, while heterodox refers to those who hold a contrary, unorthodox or 'heretical' view, differing from the accepted beliefs or standards. Apparently John Thomas (at least at one stage) was all for allowing those with different views (even 'heretical' ones) to remain 'in fellowship' and not to cut them off.
Robert Roberts, Dr. Thomas: His Life and Work, p. 263
Monday, September 17, 2007
50 years of the Australian Unity Agreement (12)
From the pen of John Thomas: