Conservative Christians can easily be accused of liking to take their ball and go home. You don’t get 33,000 denominations by humility and compromise. In posting on the newer developments in the Church of England, I have been asking myself and others: When do you walk away and when do you stay and fight?
As Protestants we often think the brave thing to do is to venture off on our own. Yet, we often forget that some of our great heroes: Martin Luther, Martin Bucer and J. Gresham Machen all never left their churches. Rather, they fought for reform and were kicked out.
All churches have sin and even doctrinal error. (Even many PCA people will take exception the Westminster Confession’s stance on strict Sabbatarianism). To leave over any sin in the ministers or leadership merely echoes Donatism. But when does an ecclesiastical church body cross the line? When does a church go from defective to apostate?