Heresy Topical Study

<p><span class="body-copy">By the second century A.D. it came to represent a corruption of theological truth corresponding to the distortions of false teachers: &quot;But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions [haíresis]&quot; (<a href="">2 Peter&nbsp;2:1</a>). As a human construct with a strong distaste for revealed mystery, heresy cleans up orthodoxy&#39;s bad math &mdash; on the Trinity, for example (e.g. Arianism), or on the two natures of Christ (e.g. Docetism). As it is almost always an oversimplification of God&#39;s revealed mystery, heresy is a species of theological laziness. As it is almost always a triumph of human reason over divine revelation (<a href="">Colossians&nbsp;2:8</a>), heresy is also grounded in human hubris and hence a species of &quot;faction&quot; classified as one of the &quot;works of the flesh&quot; along with such things as licentiousness, idolatry, and envy (<a href="">Galatians&nbsp;5:19 - 20</a>). More than mere disagreement on peripheral matters, heresy is the opposite of orthodoxy and thus, in its opposition to the truth (2 Timothy&nbsp;3:8), is a denial of the one who is &quot;the way, the truth, and the life&quot; (<a href="">John 14:6</a>; c.f. <a href="">1 John 2:21 - 22</a>). Heretical persons are thus to be opposed and avoided (<a href="">Titus 3:9 - 11</a>) by believers who, led by the Word and Spirit, &quot;contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints&quot; (<a href="">Jude 3</a>).</span></p>