The Bible has alot to say on what’s being said…
Romans 1:1-6, “1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. “
Romans 15:4, “4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
2 Thessalonians 2:15, “15So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”
Colossians 2:8, “8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
Hebrews 4:12-13, “12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
2 Timothy 2:14-19, “14Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” “
1 Thessalonians 2:13, “13And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.”
Ephesians 5:6, “6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
2 Corintians 2:17, “17Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.”
Romans 10:17, “17Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
Thirty examples of heresy that swayed Christians away from the truth of the Bible, a discussion on the nature of heresies in general, and twenty bible verses that are relevant one way or the other later and here we are. It’s the end of heresy week, but not the end of heresy itself. Heresy may not be put to an end until the very end itself, whenever that may be. I hope I’ve challenged you to get to know the truth or to take a serious look at the things you believe in the light of Scripture. What scares me is that heresy is so common inside and outside of churches. Looking at these verses and the short descriptions of the aforementioned heresies, it’s easy to understand where it went wrong and where it will continue to go wrong so long as we refuse to take a stand for what is right. Have you seen the recent statistical polls about the sorts of thing American Christians believe? Here’s a quick rundown (from a Barna poll in like 2008):
92% of Americans surveyed believe in God
70% of religious Americans and 57% of evangelical church attendees agree that many religions can lead to eternal life.
68% of the 35,000 adults in this survey say that there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own particular religion.
If these 35,000 people are any indication of how all 308,419,348 of us feel, then were are in great trouble, indeed. Oh, sure, we believe in God, we just don’t take Him seriously. Then again, if you’re reading this, then you already know that.