CHRISTIANITY AND HERESY
Heresy is deviate teaching. Heresy causes divisions and stress among Christians believers and contradicts the gospel of Jesus Christ. The origin begins with erroneous human teaching or deceitful demonic lying powers of inspiration.
A heretic is a person whose belief opposes that of true Christian doctrine, and is in error of Scriptural interpretation. People who are heretics lead people astray by false understanding and misinformation.
Scripture repeatedly warns against false teachings for they are destructive even though the massage may be popular. Teachings held by religious parties apart from established Biblical Doctrine, is heresy according to the New Testament. Believers must discern teachings with the Word of God and shun those who are found to be deviant in their teaching for heresy leads to instability of the Truth.
At this point in time many people call themselves Christians, yet many are heretical and do not know that condemnation and judgement come with heresy.
A group of people or an individual person can not call themselves Christian, a follower of Christ, if it is not acknowledged Jesus Christ came to the earth in a human body, after His death He arose from the dead and ascended back to heaven to sit at the Right Hand of God, The Father.
All who believe other than Christ through the Bible or the belief in more than One God is heresy.
Even though most semi-Christian theories do acknowledge Jesus, many of the church community are defecting from the Truth of the Gospel and compromising with the world to form their own opinions, apart from truly Biblical doctrines.
To be Christian in belief and deed, is to acknowledge full allegiance to The Holy Spirit's teaching through the Word of God.
Some leaders who hold high positions in various denominations throughout the nations today, also compromise by reducing the Word to limited human understanding, not believing on the immutable Truths of the Gospel. Those who teach error and lead others astray are condemned as heretics and believers are urged to avoid all false teachings apart from Scripture.
The spirit that does this is the spirit of Anti-Christ; it is deceptive. It is the true Christ who unifies and brings harmony to the Church. Without Him there is no harmony or unity.
To reject the real Jesus, either denying His physical human body or by denying His divinity, miraculous birth, death, resurrection and glorification, being the centrepiece of the Gospel, is to break with The Truth of God's Word.
Those who deny the Word of God coming in a human body, (Incarnation) deceive many and give into a form of Gnosticism, (knowledge) going beyond what His disciples taught about Christ from the Holy Spirit.
Denial of the deity and humanity of Christ is the essence of the severest false principle of religions, heresies and cults for the true nature of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ has come from God, fully human, fully God. Jesus did not split apart in any way or at any time while He was on earth or during His ascension. Today, Christ presently exists, truly Divine, truly human.
Heresy is a false witness, and God's people are warned against being deceived. Heresy is a misuse of Scripture; it blinds to the Truth and follows corrupt desire. Scriptural anarchy is that which rejects Old Testament Law as having a part in Christianity as being instructive.
It is not wise to listen to heretical teachings that cause schisms and confusion by the deception that is taught.
Those who do and believe, will be misled to lose their reward, and some are also in danger of being led into a sectarian group, denying central parts of the Christian Gospel, for false teachers twist and malign the Word of God to suit themselves. They snare young believers with empty words and these false teachers are themselves enslaved to depravity.
There are no new heresies today, rather, all are revivals of ancient heretical cults. They were the reason for the early church elders to gather together to formulate statements and creeds concerning the Truths of the Person of Jesus Christ.
Heretical groups argue that Jesus was not truly human and that He was truly Christ alone, a spirit that materialised, who didn't die on the cross. Another heresy is that Jesus was truly human therefore not believing that Christ died for the remission of sins.
Many heretics claim to receive knowledge and revelation from the Holy Spirit and teach that knowledge even if it is contrary to Biblical Doctrine. The Holy Spirit does not bring division and strife, causing a new doctrine apart from Christ.
Many who do not follow the Truths, always regard themselves as the only true Disciples of Christ. Deceivers, who subtly blur the Truths of Jesus are stumbling blocks to both young and old Christians. Believers must be on guard against error by knowing the full gospel of Christ.
Heresy and deceit is condemned by God for it is an attempt to deny His Truth, His Sovereignty and His revelation of Himself.
The Key issue is in distinguishing the person of Christ, to whom Christians are committed. The one who is not committed to the real Jesus of the Gospel does not know God the Father, or His Son.
The example of Christ
6 who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God,
7 but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men.
8 And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal's death on a cross.
9 Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The teaching of manmade traditions combined with faith in Christ, as necessary for salvation is heretical and false doctrine.
Heresy can be based upon traditions, myths, and philosophies.
A teacher must teach the True Gospel.
- The belief that Salvation demands obedience to the letter of the Law is out of balance and is a fatal misunderstanding of the Old Testament Law. This form of legalism brings pride, lack of love, formalism, manmade rules, hypocrisy and spiritual blindness. Legalism is contrary to the teachings of Christ, who incorporated the expoundation of the Old Law and fulfilled its meaning.
- Libertism is heresy because it is an abuse of Christian Freedom, which refuses to acknowledge obligation to restrain sin.
- Nominal religion is rejection of the reality of Truth in action.
- Syncretism is the incorporation into religious faith and practice elements from other religions, resulting in loss of integrity. This leads to God's punishment and it is forbidden.
- Human philosophies end in heresy for its values try to seek and understand the Divine and supernatural through rational reasoning and are argument. There teachings are empty and useless as it is only human intelligence which is very much limited. However human quests for understanding can lead to true insight of God, but there is much danger is speculation.
- The belief of pleasure and the avoidance of disturbance pain and fear is heresy.
- The belief of no interest in life and human beings and that all is a matter of chance is heresy.
- Christianity is not to be marked by ritualistic self-denial.
- The belief that God is not a personal being is apostasy.
|SCRIPTURES Galatians 6:12,13,
1Timothy 1:3, 4:1, Titus1:10-14. 2Peter 2:1,17, 1John2:22- 23,4:1-3
QUESTIONS 1] What does false doctrine do? 2] Where does deception come from? 3] Who has to deal with heresy? 4] Why are Christians warned against heresy?
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