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What Is a Heretic

What exactly is a heretic?

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Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject,

Paul teaches us that a heretic is someone that preaches anything contrary to the gospel. In Galatians he says:
Ga 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Did you notice that Paul says there is only one gospel. If there is only one gospel, how is it that we have so many different denominations?
---trey on 10/23/07

There is no one anywhere who all agree can authoritatively pronounce anyone a heretic. Heresy is always a matter of opinion.
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/22/07

a tick in your hair...I jest.
---Eloy on 10/22/07

Me! I promote the idea of organized religion solely as an idea. Although I don't practice it as the masses do.
---zane on 10/22/07

A believer that maintains religious opinions contrary to the church.
A baptised Catholic who rejects any article of faith
Anyone who does not conform to a doctrine or principal or established view.
---Lloyd on 3/24/07

Alan 8869 of UK - Who then is the heretic Alan, you or them?
---Helen_5378 on 3/23/07

A heretic is a person who has beliefs contrary to the established teachings of the church of christ if you are referring to christianity. It also applies to any other field, religious or otherwise.
---Marjorie on 3/23/07

Good answer Alan. That is the way of the world in this day and age isn't it.
---MARK on 3/22/07

Surely it is plain that a heretic is anyone who does not believe and practice in exactly the same way as I do?
---alan_8869_of_UK on 3/6/07

Some has already explained what it is. But===It is no new thing for the right way of worshipping God to be called heresy. [Let us therefore never be driven off from any good way by its being put into an ill name.]
---catherine on 3/5/07

A heretic is a Christian who rejects revealed truth (usually in Christology), such as Jesus Christ taking His human nature from the Virgin Mary.

A distinction is made between a material heretic (who simply doesn't know any better or doesn't understand) and a formal heretic (who does understand the issues involved and chooses to believe falsehood).

Heresy is to be differentiated from schism (splitting off) and apostasy (e.g., rejecting Christianity for Judaism or atheism).
---Jack on 3/4/07

anything that you believe that is not spiritual truth.the actual definition is any belief that is opposed to church doctrine,or beliefs.but with all the false doctrines being taught in churches today this meaning for me doesn,t apply.for me it,s anything opposings GODS word.
---tom2 on 3/4/07

Example: Atheists are not heretics they are not advocating the Christian gospel and deviating seriously from it but instead dont believe in any of it. Someone that is so far removed from orthodoxy can no longer be called a heretic. We need to see this important clarification: heresy has to do with those who claim to be Christians and are teaching something that fundamentally attacks the entire basis of the gospel.
---Toby on 3/4/07

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