My blogging friend, Sherryn, has posted a very good (and brief) description of a word that is being used in many ways today. Is the word over or under-used? I’ll have to think about this question myself. In any case, I think this is a good definition.
A great summary article on defining heresy from Amy Spreeman at the Berean Research blog, including a list of classic heresies that are well and truly thriving in the visible church and cults today:
What is Heresy?
by Amy Spreeman
Heresy is a false teaching about the essential doctrines of our faith – the ones we must adhere to, regarding who God is, who Jesus is, salvation by grace, and Jesus’ resurrection. Non-essential beliefs are certainly worth discussing with passion (and love of course), but not to the point where those who hold opposite non-essential beliefs are considered heretical. It is also important to remember that sanctification (our growth in holiness, truth, and wisdom), often is on a different timeline from other brothers and sisters in Christ.
So what constitutes a heresy? There’s no better resource than what CARM (Christian Apologetics & Resource Ministry) has put together on the subject…
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