Most heretics come from an attempt to tie together paradoxes in the Scriptures.
After reports had been published that Mark Twain had died, the still living author wrote into the New York Journal with this quip: “The report of my death was an exaggeration”. I wonder if we could say the same about some of the early heresies — because they aren’t quite dead yet.
What is heresy?
- Heresy is not the same as error.
- Heresy is the choice to abandon the widely accepted teaching on an essential doctrine and embrace one’s own view.
- Heresy is to “preach another gospel”, as Paul stated in Galatians 1:9.
- Technically speaking something is not a heresy just because the church deemed it so. It is heretical because it is teaching which has abandoned the “pattern of sound teaching”.
Here are four heresies which aren't quite dead yet: