I have absolutely no problem with you calling things as you see them, of course, and we agree in substance, it goes without saying!
I’ve gone with the more neutral term, “moral panic,” as engineered by moral entrepreneurs with a priori agendas, such as Piper and Bacchiocchi, so that I don’t have the baggage of building a whole case of what is, and is not, heresy.
And I can also apply the same reasoning to other similar moral panics, such as the Desmond Ford Moral Panic.
It seems to me that Adventism is prone to moral panics, and I think it might be helpful to analyze this as a category so we can get some perspective on it.
Thanks for the link! I’m also watching Laurel Damsteet on YouTube about Type 2 Spiritualism, and I find her to be a moral entrepreneur par excellence—very skillful at laying the groundwork for a full-blown moral panic.
The Traditional Adventist in me must remain aware to avoid being swept up with her rhetoric.
(And, boy, does she have the credentials, as she was not shy to inform us.)
I could say she is promoting heresy, but that would imply that I sit in a position from which I may judge such things from above, which I don’t find realistic or desirable.
Anyway, however we describe it, people in pressing circumstances are prone to herd behavior, like moral panics, so Adventists are sitting ducks right now, it seems to me.
Headship ideology is a very pervasive cultural wind in Christendom, and Adventism seems to have lost its rudder and broken its mast.