Common misconceptions about common words can lead to common errors writes Hieromonk Gabriel, but when those errors force a reading of scripture not in accord with the meaning of the Apostle they will end up driving people away from the Church. We see this in our day with words like “mercy,” “compassion,” “tolerance” and others that are thrown about to justify almost any idea or behavior.
Why is this happening? Why do some Christians employ the words of scripture but interpret them with meanings drawn from the dominant culture? Hieromonk Gabriel writes it is because we remove ourselves from holiness, we don’t study the lives of the Saints to become practiced in the ways of holiness ourselves. The illness within the modern church is our unbelief.