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Monday, October 10, 2005

A Scriptural Context for Battling Heresy

As mentioned above (er, below in the blog format), there are many who ignore heresy for the sake of “unity”. Instead they quote Scriptures which encourage the body of Christ to “be one” or "judge not" – while not truly considering what that "one" or "judging" means. Their heart is good – but the Lord is to be served with our heart, soul, strength…and mind. The Christian faith is not a blind faith, but a thinking faith. We don’t check our brains at the door of the church – rather, we engage it even more.

The Scriptures speak repeatedly of the need to attack heresy where it stands and cast it out – whether by convincing those who follow the heretical thoughts of their error or by casting them out. Christ himself, as well as the apostles Paul, Peter, John, and Jude speak against heresy. Below are a very few of them:

24 He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. 26 When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27 The landowner’s slaves came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’
28 “ ‘An enemy did this!’ he told them.
“ ‘So, do you want us to go and gather them up?’ the slaves asked him.
29 “ ‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn. ’ ”
Matt 13:24-30 (HCSB)

But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a reviler, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 12 For what is it to me to judge outsiders? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But God judges outsiders. Put away the evil person from among yourselves.
1 Cor 5:11-13 (HCSB)

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2 Thess 2:15 (KJV)

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
2 Thess 3:6 (KJV)

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
1 Tim 1:9-10 (KJV)

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
2 Tim 2:15 (KJV)

Evil people and imposters will become worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing those from whom you learned, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:20 (KJV)

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:14-18 (KJV)

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3 Comments:

  • "16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
    2 Peter 1:20 (KJV)"


    Is that saying what I think it is saying? It seems like the Bible claims the Bible isn't perfect, but given the context I'm not at all sure that is what it really means.

    By Blogger Mark, at 10/11/2005 07:48:00 PM  

  • The Bible, in that context, is the instrument of correction, not the recipient of correction.

    By Blogger Robert, at 10/12/2005 10:41:00 AM  

  • That makes much more sense. I knew I couldn't be reading that correctly. Science expects to be corrected, but not religion.

    By Blogger Mark, at 10/13/2005 01:32:00 PM  

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