The Church must act. She must reinstate discipleship and discipline. By refusing to disciple and discipline, the church enables the young unlearned, inexperienced and arrogant at heart to boldly cast off biblical and ecclesial authority to their own detriment. Church leaders are to watch out for those whom God has placed in their charge, not allow them to just run out start whatever ministry they believe is fitting, allow them to cast aside basic Christian virtue, or allow them to cast Scripture into the flames of post-modern thought. Theology matters, and so does our sanctification. Scripture was given to sanctify our behavior, not to make us feel good or to provide fodder for argumentation, even though argumentation is unavoidable at times.
I am not saying that asking questions is ipso fact a bad thing. Young evangelicals are not just asking quesitons even if they would argue that is the case. These are not honest inquiries into Christian truth. They are asking the question, how much Christian truth can we reject and still claim to embrace Christian truth. I am also not arguing that being uncharitable makes one an unbeliever. I have been very uncharitable at times in the past. In fact, I see the same behavior in blogs like Triablogue that use to exist in me not so very long ago. God has been extremely gracious to this wretch in that He has shined His virtuous light into my heart and yanked me out of rude and uncharitable behavior, for the most part and but for grace. However, His work continues in my heart, for I am far from the shinning example I want to be. Our example is Christ and His disciples. When an imperfect man speaks truth, does that mean we any less obligated to embrace it or live it? The ad hominem fallacy would say yes. Sound reason would say no! I point us all to Christ, to His Word and His work. He is our sole authority, and His word, which belongs to the Church teaches us what we must believe, how we must live, and authorizes all ministry through His body, the Church. Anyone who stands against this must come under close scrutiny by the Church to make sure they are in fact not the leaven or the wolf or the ministers of light spoken of in Scripture. Yes, preserving the body is that important. You cannot hate the Church and love God.