John the Apostle of love – Reading through 1 John. Heresy 1 John 2:18-19

Heresy is a very motive word, but is never the less a word that describes a “subnormal version of Christianity”. Alistair McGrath describes heresy as: – ” the term heresy was generally being used to designate a teaching that emerges from the community of faith on the one hand, yet is ultimately destructive of that faith on the other. The central defining paradox of heresy is that it is not unbelief; it is rather a vulnerable and fragile form of Christianity that proves incapable of sustaining itself in the long term”. There is “nothing new under the sun” and Chris describes the battle for an authentic Christianity that changes lives, and offers hope, to the various heresies that have come out of the church from its inception. Some of these are described, and in particular the underlying assumption in the western world that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as your belief is sincere.

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