I am pleased to stand in the tradition of men like Calvin, Luther, Augustine, and yes, Paul. It pleases me that the enemies of the cross display such contemptuous attitudes toward the affirmations of Christianity. While I do not always agree with every belief, or every action, I am nevertheless honored to be counted among those who stand in the square of historic Christian orthodoxy. God is our vindication! He is our defense. Your vitriol toward the truth and the entire Christian community that embraces it encourages our faith even if it saddens our heart. On the one hand, we are reminded of the encouraging words of our God who told us men would hate us because of the truth we embrace. On the other hand, we are sad for you, taking no pleasure in your obstinate disobedience to the God who created all of us and has the right to be acknowledge and embraced without damage or perversion to His nature.
Paul commands us, regarding tradition,
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. 2 Thess. 3:6
You are mistaken if you think we accept the view that “tradition” is always a bad word. We are not post-modernists, Jaco. We are traditionalists. We reject the view that tradition is bad because it is tradition. It is the foundation of tradition that one must examine.
If everyone who calls others out because of their error is guilty of being self-rightouess, then calling others out because of their error is an impossible task. Your point is self-negating. In logic, your fallacy is referred to as the “Irish Bull.”