Reformed Theology Determining our Brethren  Calvinism

Determining our Brethren

Reformed Theology Determining our Brethren  Calvinism
Determining our Brethren

Hey, all.

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.

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