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Christian unity is in Christ and in Christian truth, and it is not a promotion but a betrayal of this unity to allow error to go unchecked or to foster a unity grounded merely in the lowest common denominator…. Repeatedly in his [Warfield] writings he stresses that the church, as the pillar and ground of the truth, is the guardian of the faith, “God’s instrument for the preservation of the truth and for keeping it pure.” It is the church’s duty, therefore, both to teach and to provoke sound doctrine and to rebuke error and to silence, even exclude, those who oppose it. The gospel is both the ground of our unity and “the primary ground of righteous separation,” and exclusion of false teaching and false teachers from the church is but the application of the apostle’s command, “do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” (2 Cor. 6:14). It is a mistaken notion of the church and of church unity that allows false teachers into its communion. “We cannot but think… that we should be as loyal to God’s Word as charitable to our fellow man.”

The Theology of B.B. Warfield by Fred G. Zaspel, p. 514-515

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