A character I have been at times. . .
Error, therefore can never be harmless, nor false teachers innocent. Two considerations, however, should secure moderation and meekness in applying these principles. One is that though error implies sin, orthodoxy does not always imply holiness. It is possible to hold the truth in unrighteousness, to have speculative faith without love. The character most offensive to God and man is that of a malignant zealot for the truth. The other consideration is that people are often much better than their creed; that is, the doctrines by which they live are much nearer the truth than those which they profess. They deceive themselves by attaching wrong meaning to words and seem to reject truth, when in fact they only reject their own misconceptions. It is a common saying that people's prayers are more orthodox than their creeds.- Charles Hodge from his commentary on Ephesians