Determining our Brethren
I've been having this question on my mind lately, question being:
How do I know who my brethren are?
This question mostly stems from my consideration of Catholics. If I'm talking to a Catholic friend of mine, should I not consider them a brother (or sister) in Christ and be concerned for their spiritual state? This continues through to protestant denominations as well though. Should I consider people that follow a Prosperity Gospel brothers? Word of Faith? Churches such as Steven Anderson's church? Westboro?
I'm really asking for some kind of criterion to determine who I ought to consider my brethren, and who might be ill-conceived to think they are brethren. I don't want to be so narrow in my view that I disregard those who I may be worshiping alongside of in eternity but I don't want to be so broad in it that I neglect to seriously undertake witnessing to those in heretical error. We are called to be of one mind (Philippians 2:2) with our brethren, but also to be wary of heresy and wolves (Acts 20:29, 2 Peter 2:1-4). How can I know best which is which?
Any advice or discussion is appreciated.
Submitted by pjsans