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“…idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies…”

 

heresies

“Heresy” is self–willed opinion that stands in opposition to truth. We could translate this word as “sects.” The word “heresies” means the act of taking; it is a sin of one’s chosen selfish opinion.

In context, “heresy” is an opinion that varies from the truth of the Word. The idea is to choose a doctrine that opposes Scripture. These people fall into heretical sects, parties, and cliques, causing friction and factions with those who hold to the truth (1 Corinthians 11:19).

Principle:

Heresy is the sin of forming unbiblical doctrinal cliques.

Application:

Heresy is sin toward the Word of God. People love to separate others from their groups to follow their unique doctrines instead of the constituted leadership of sound organizations.

Christianity is replete with people who develop their unique doctrines and try to siphon others away from existing Bible-believing organizations. Anyone who holds opinions opposite to the Word is sectarian. We commit heresies when we hold viewpoints in opposition to the Word of God.

Cliques break up the unity of the church and shut others out of their doctrinal circle. It is one thing to stand for truth, but it is another to form novel doctrine because you think you have come to an understanding of truth no one else has discovered yet. This is an area where we should carefully examine ourselves. We want to be faithful to the truth, but the truth should unite Christians, not divide them.

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