What Constitutes Heresy?

At first glance, that might be hard to answer. You won’t find the word “heresy” in your Bible very often.

Unless, you have the King James Version; there, you will find it in Acts 24:14. There it’s used to describe what the pagans called “The Way” – Christianity.

Peter uses its plural, once, to warn:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. ~ 2 Peter 2:1

There are, however, plenty of false teachings and descriptions of false teachers and what they do outlined in New Testament scripture:

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. ~ Romans 16:17-19

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. . . . Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. ~ Colossians 2:8, 16-23

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. ~ 1 Timothy 4:1-5

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. ~ 1 Timothy 6:3-5

Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. ~ 2 Timothy 2:14-18

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. ~ 2 Timothy 3:1-9

For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. . . . They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. ~ Titus 1:10-11, 16

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. ~ Hebrews 13:9

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. ~ 2 John 1:7-11

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. ~ 3 John 1:9

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. . . . These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. . . . These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. ~ Jude 1:3-4, 12-13, 16

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. ~ Revelation 2:14 . . . Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. ~ Revelation 2:20

These are the false teachers and what they taught and did, whether out of Jewish exclusivity or pagan inclusivity … whether out of piety or selfishiness.

You learn a lot about these false teachers from those phrases I put in italics. They love to be first and call themselves prophets; they slip in secretly; they will lie, lie about where their teaching came from, flatter, cajole, take control of others, take over their homes, will not welcome others, and cause divisons and controversies. They are boastful, proud, arrogant, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, treacherous, rash … the adjectives go on and on. (You’ve got to admire Jude’s very poetic description of them!) They like to quarrel about words. They are control freaks. They must have their own way. And some of them hope to make money from teaching what they think they know. If that were the worst of it, one could teach them and ignore them – keep away from them; not associate with them – if they ignored the teaching, so that they would be shamed.

But it’s what they teach that makes it impossible for them to repent; they confidently assert the rightness of it; their consciences have been seared. And what they teach include these heresies: impose circumcision and kosher dietary laws; cause trouble over celebrating holidays; encourage participation in idolatry; teach myths and genealogies as crucial; add worship of angels; forbid marriages; that Christ has already come; deny that He is Lord; and deny that He came in the flesh.

All of these things stab at the very heart of Christian faith: the sufficiency of the blood of Jesus manifesting the love and grace of the one and only God. They contradict the gospel of Jesus Christ.

These were no mere quibblings over what can or can’t be done in worship; who can or can’t preach Christ and Him crucified; or how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

But hear me out on this, please.

When quibblings are elevated to a level that rivals the sufficiency of Christ to save, they become heresies. They don’t even have to produce the kind of personalities described above, although they can and probably will. Whatever empties the cross of its power and causes divisions (1 Corinthians 1:20) almost always is – or becomes – extricated with personalities and ego and personal preferences.

Those are the kinds of personalities Jesus had to deal with among the Pharisees and Sadducees, who had elevated their human teachings to the level of law and attributed them to God – even though some schools of human teaching didn’t agree with others (Matthew 2:22-23).

Quibbling matters are earthly things (Colossians 3:1-17); and when they become elevated to something more than they are, these teachings of men render worship vain (Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7).

Ultimately, they bring swift destruction to the one who teaches them.

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17 thoughts on “What Constitutes Heresy?

  1. “When quibblings are elevated to a level that rivals the sufficiency of Christ to save, they become heresies.”

    I notice as most your writings, as most are today, are mostly based upon what Paul wrote with the exemption of the true gospels. but,the things Paul taught as heresies, are a minor issue compared to the false teachings that are being taught today.
    When we elevate Jesus to the position of the God of creation, and then say he is made up of three beings, I can’t imagine any other “false teaching” that even comes close, to being so destructive, and the denial of what the bible teaches can only lead to distruction.

    Deu 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he [is] God; [there is] none else beside him.
    1Ki 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD [is] God, [and that there is] none else.
    Isa 45:5 I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else, [there is] no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

    (yes we have to know who and what we worship)

    Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    Mar 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

    (yes we are requires to know the one who we follow, and to where we follow him)

  2. “When quibblings are elevated to a level that rivals the sufficiency of Christ to save, they become heresies.”

    Keith, I don’t think you quoted any from it, but isn’t this basically the message of Paul’s letter to the Galatians? He starts out be very strictly warning them not to listen to any other gospel. He ends with “God forbid that I should boast, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    The sufficiency of Christ and His life and His death on the cross–that is the gospel.

    (As I typed that just now, I seem to recall a post from a few years ago in which you simply asked, “What is the gospel?” Consider this an addendum to my answer back then, as that message–the sufficiency of Christ–is the one I’m hearing as I’m reading through the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John these days.)

  3. Hi Laymond – Nice to hear from you again.

    Here are some examples, 21 Examples, found in scripture,
    scripture that consistently, Interchanges and Identifies – Jesus with God.
    These scriptures cause me to see Jesus and God as “One.”
    I hope these scriptures from “The Bible” help to remove the scales.

    1- In Isaiah there are two scriptures that refer to
    a son who is called God.

    A – In Isaiah 7:14 a virgin conceives a son
    and calls his name Immanuel. “God with us.”
    B – In Isaiah 9:6 the son is called “The mighty God.”

    A – Isaiah 7:14
    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
    Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
    and shall call his name Immanuel.

    In the Strongs concordance “Immanuel” is Hebrew
    for – “God with us.”

    This scripture is repeated in the NT and
    adds the meaning for this name Emmanuel.

    Matthew 1:23
    Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
    and shall bring forth a son,
    and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
    which being interpreted is, God with us.

    B – In Isaiah 9:6 “A Son is given”and
    “His name shall be called”…”The mighty God.”

    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
    and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
    and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
    The mighty God,
    The everlasting Father,
    The Prince of Peace.

    Most would agree, “a child is born and a son is given,” refers to Jesus,
    and “The Prince of Peace” also refers to Jesus.
    If this is correct, then the son, Jesus,
    as I see it, is also The mighty God.

    Jesus, Prince of Peace…

  4. Laymond

    2- In John, the Word is called God and
    the word was made flesh – Jesus.

    John 1:1
    In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…

    John 1:14
    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
    the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
    full of grace and truth.

    One of the many names for Jesus is “The Word of God.”

    Revelations 19:13
    …and his name is called The Word of God.

    1 John 5:7
    For there are three that bear record in heaven,
    the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:
    and these three are “ONE.”

    Jesus, The Word of God. Come in the flesh.

  5. Laymond

    3- In Revelations 1:8 Jesus calls Himself “the Almighty.” all ruling God.

    Revelations 1:8
    I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
    saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

    When looking at the translation for “almighty,”
    my study books always refers “almighty” to God.

    It is Strongs # 3841. In the KJV it is used as “almighty” nine times and omnipotent once.

    Strongs – Almighty
    The all ruling God (absolute and universal sovereign) Almighty, omnipotent.

    Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
    Almighty = Ruler of all, used of God only.

    Computer – Almighty
    1) he who holds sway over all things
    2) the ruler of all
    3) almighty: God

    In three sources the Lord Almighty = God.

    Jesus, The Alpha and Omega, The Almighty, God.

  6. Laymond

    And another, Example number 4.

    4- I can see the NT directly identifying Jesus with God at least five times.

    1. Jesus is called the great God.

    Titus 2:13
    Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
    the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

    2. Jesus is called the true God and eternal life.

    1John 5:20
    And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding,
    that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,
    even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

    3. Jesus is called Emmanuel – God With Us.

    Matthew 1:23
    Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
    and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
    **God with us.**

    4. Jesus the Son is called God in Hebrews 1:8.

    Hebrews 1:8
    But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:

    Psalm 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
    the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

    5. Jesus is called God by Thomas
    when Thomas sees the resurrected Christ.

    John 20:28
    And Thomas answered and said unto him,
    My Lord and **my God.**

    Jesus, “God manifest in the Flesh.” 1Tim 3:16

  7. Hi Kieth

    Yea – it’s been awhile.

    Just browsing today and couldn’t help myself.

    My spirit has been grieved when I hear my husband to be called “only a man.” There is a bride without spot being prepared, the Bride of Christ. My hope is not coming into oneness with a mere human. What is exciting about marrying another human, even a “legal representative of God” or an “agent of God.” ( These are some of the names for Jesus I’ve run across. ) My hope is becoming “ONE” with God. In marriage the two shall become “ONE”. I’m going to be”ONE” with God not a man.

    When Jesus is reduced to “only a human,” I hurt. ( Why would I want to be married to another human? ) I want to lift my betrothed higher and higher not bring Him down to my level. The Bible says “ cursed is the man who puts his trust in man and trusts in the arm of flesh.” I want to trust in the Living God, Jesus, and not in man. So my spirit is grieved when I hear statements like, “Jesus is the center of God’s cosmic hierarchy.” (Really, someone sent me a book with that name for Jesus.) No, God is drawing me to Himself. It is God calling me to be “ONE” with God. Thank you Jesus.

    Hope you don’t mind the barrage of scriptures about Jesus and God being “ONE.”
    I love to lift Jesus up.

    Jesus said, in John 12:32.
    “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

    Lifted up = means to exalt, to honor.

    I figure calling Jesus – Creator God – Is the greatest honor and exaltation.

  8. Laymond – Kieth

    Number 5 is a favorite. As I searched, asking “Is jesus God?”
    I found this in the OT and the NT.

    5- The way I see it now the OT and NT is consistently
    interchanging and identifying Jesus with God.

    1. In the OT God is our Savior
    and there is no savior beside Him.
    1. In the NT Jesus is our Savior.

    2. In the OT God is our Shepherd.
    2. In the NT Jesus is our Shepherd.

    3. In the OT God is our Redeemer.
    3. In the NT We are redeemed
    by the Blood of the Lamb – Jesus.

    4. In the OT God is my Salvation.
    4. In the NT Jesus is my Salvation
    and neither is there salvation in any other.

    5. In the OT God creates
    the heavens and the earth and all things.
    5. In the NT Jesus creates
    the heavens and the earth and all things.

    6. In the OT God is my Deliverer.
    6. In the NT Jesus is my Deliverer.

    7. In the OT God is the Light.
    7. In the NT Jesus is the Light

    8. OT – God says that every knee shall bow to God.
    ( bow – a form of worship)
    8. NT – At the name of Jesus every knee should bow.

    9. In the OT we are to Worship the Lord our God.
    9. In the NT we are to Worship Jesus.

    It seems to me that…
    The OT is JESUS Concealed.
    The NT is GOD Revealed.

  9. Laymond – Kieth

    Here are scriptures for “Example 5” – “God in OT” = “Jesus in NT”

    5 – In these scriptures I see the OT and NT consistently
    interchanging and identifing Jesus with God.

    1. OT – God is our Savior
    and there is no savior beside Him.
    1. NT – Jesus is our Savior.

    **OT scriptures – God is our savior.

    2 Samuel 22:3
    The God of my rock; …the horn of my salvation … my savior…

    Isaiah 43:3
    For I am the LORD thy God, (Jehovah thy Elohiym)
    the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior…

    Isaiah 43:11
    I, even I am the LORD (Jehovah); and beside me there is no savior.

    Isaiah 45:15
    Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Savior.

    Hosea 13:4
    Yet I am the LORD (Jehovah) thy God… for there is no savior beside me.

    **NT scriptures – Jesus is our savior.

    Luke 2:11
    …unto you is born this day in the city of David
    a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

    2Timothy 1:10
    But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ…

    Titus 2:13
    …the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

    2Peter 2:20
    …through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

    2. OT – God is our Shepherd.
    2. NT – Jesus is our Shepherd.

    **OT scriptures – God is our Shepherd.

    Psalm 23:1
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    Isaiah 40:10-11
    The Lord GOD will come…
    He shall feed his flock like a shepherd…

    **NT scriptures – Jesus is our Shepherd.

    John 10:11
    I am the **good shepherd:**
    the **good shepherd** giveth his life for the sheep.

    John 10:16
    …they shall hear my voice;
    and there shall be “ONE” fold, and “ONE” shepherd.

    Hebrews 13:20
    …Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep…

    3. OT – God is our Redeemer.
    3. NT – Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb – Jesus.

    **OT scriptures – God is our Redeemer.

    Psalm 19:14
    …O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

    Psalm 78:35
    they remembered that God was their rock,
    and the high God their redeemer.

    Isaiah 44:6
    Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel,
    and his redeemer the LORD of hosts;
    I [am] the first, and I [am] the last;
    and beside me there is no God.

    Isaiah 54:5
    For thy Maker is thine husband;
    the LORD of hosts is his name; and
    thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel;
    The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

    Jeremiah 50:34
    Their Redeemer is strong;
    the LORD of hosts is his name.

    **NT scriptures – Jesus is our Redeemer.

    1 Peter 1:18
    Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed
    with corruptible things…
    But with the precious blood of Christ…

    Galatians 3:13
    Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…

    Luke 1:68
    Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
    for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

    Titus 2:13
    …the glorious appearing of the great God and
    our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us,
    that he might redeem us from all iniquity…

    Hebrews 9:12
    …but by his own blood
    …having obtained eternal redemption for us.

    Colossians 1:14
    In whom we have redemption through his blood…

    Ephesians 1:7
    In whom we have redemption through his blood…

    4. OT – God is my Salvation.
    4. NT – Jesus is my Salvation
    and neither is there salvation in any other.

    **OT scriptures – God is my Salvation.

    Isaiah 12:2
    Behold, God ( El ) is my salvation…

    Psalm 27:1
    The LORD ( Jehovah ) is my light and my salvation…

    Jonah 2:9 … Salvation is of the LORD. ( Jehovah )

    **NT scripture – Jesus is my Salvation.

    Acts 4:10
    … the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
    whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead…
    Neither is there salvation in any other:
    for there is none other name under heaven
    given among men, whereby we must be saved.

    5. OT – God creates the heavens and the earth.
    5. NT – Jesus creates the heavens and the earth.

    **OT scriptures – God creates the heavens and the earth.

    Genesis 1:1
    In the beginning God (Elohiym)
    created the heaven and the earth.

    Exodus 20:11
    For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…

    Proverbs 16:4
    The LORD hath made all things for himself…

    Psalm 33:6
    By the word of the LORD ( Jehovah )
    were the heavens made;

    Psalm 121:2
    My help cometh from the LORD (Jehovah),
    which made heaven and earth.

    **NT scriptures – Jesus creates the heavens and the earth.

    John 1:1-10
    In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God.
    “All things were made by him;” and without him was not any thing made that was made…
    John 1:10 He was in the world, and “the world was made by him,”
    and the world knew him not.

    Ephesians 3:9
    And to make all men see what is the fellowship
    of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world
    hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

    Colossians 1:14-18
    In whom we have redemption through his blood,
    even the forgiveness of sins…
    16 For “by him were All things created,”
    that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
    visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,
    or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
    “all things were created by him,” and “for him:”
    17 And he is before all things,
    and by him all things consist. ( to set together )
    18 And he is the head of the body, the church:
    who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
    that in all things he might have the preeminence.

    Hebrews 1:2
    Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
    whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
    by whom also he made the worlds;

    Revelations 4:11
    for “thou hast created all things,”
    and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

    6. OT – God is my Deliverer.
    6. NT – Jesus is my Deliverer.

    **OT scripture – God is my Deliverer.

    2Samuel 22:2
    And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress,
    and my deliverer.

    Psalm 18:2
    The LORD is my rock, and my fortress,
    and my deliverer…

    Psalm 40:17
    …thou art my help and my deliverer;
    make no tarrying, O my God.

    **NT scripture – Jesus is my Deliverer.

    Romans 7:24
    O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me
    from the body of this death?
    I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    1Thessalonians 1:10
    And to wait for his Son from heaven,
    whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus,
    which delivered us from the wrath to come.

    2Timothy 3:11
    Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch,
    at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured:
    but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

    2Timothy 4:18
    And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work…

    2Peter 2:9
    The Lord knows how to deliver the godly
    out of temptations…

    7. OT – God is the Light.
    7. NT – Jesus is the Light

    **OT scriptures – God is the Light.

    Isaiah 2:5
    O house of Jacob, come ye,
    and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

    Isaiah 60:19
    … but the LORD shall be unto thee
    an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
    20 … for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light…

    Micah 7:8
    …when I sit in darkness,
    the LORD shall be a light unto me.

    **NT scriptures – Jesus is the Light.

    John 1:9
    That was the true Light,
    which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

    John 8:12
    Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
    I am the light of the world…

    John 9:5
    …I am the light of the world.

    John 12:36
    While ye have light, believe in the light,
    that ye may be the children of light.
    These things spake Jesus, and departed…

    Revelations 21:23
    And the city had no need of the sun,
    neither of the moon, to shine in it:
    for the glory of God did lighten it,
    and the Lamb is the light thereof.

    8. OT – God says that every knee shall bow to God.
    ( bow – a form of worship)
    8. NT – At the name of Jesus every knee should bow.

    **OT Scriptures – Every knee shall bow to God.

    Isaiah 45:22
    Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
    for I am God, and there is none else.
    23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth
    in righteousness, and shall not return,
    That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

    **NT Scriptures – Every knee bows to Jesus.

    Romans 14:11
    For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord,
    every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.

    Philippians 2:10
    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…

    9. OT – We are to worship the Lord our God.
    9. NT – We are to worship Jesus.

    **OT Scripture – Worship God.

    Exodus 34:14
    For thou shalt worship no other god:
    for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
    29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him:
    worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

    Psalm 66:4
    All the earth shall worship thee…
    they shall sing to thy name.

    Psalm 95:6 … let us worship and bow down:
    let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

    Isaiah 66:23
    And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another,
    and from one sabbath to another,
    shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

    **NT Scripture – Worship Jesus.

    Matthew 2:2
    Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?
    ( wise men from the east )
    for we have seen his star in the east,
    and are come to worship him.

    Hebrews 1:6
    And again, when he bringeth in
    the firstbegotten into the world, he saith,
    And let all the angels of God worship him.

    Revelations 4:10
    The four and twenty elders fall down before him
    that sat on the throne, and worship him
    that liveth for ever and ever,
    and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
    11 Thou art worthy, O Lord,
    to receive glory and honor and power:
    for thou hast created all things,
    and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

    Jesus loves men this I know…

  10. Hi Keith,

    I found your blog through a comment you left on Dan’s CS blog. I appreciate the time you spent pulling together these verses about false teachers. It helps me to know what to watch out for as possibly destructive to the flock, what to excuse as immaturity, and what to guard against in my own teaching.

    God bless you!

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