I’m currently examining the beliefs of other Christian sects. Motilism, Bitarianism, Deification, Arianism, the long list of heresies goes on and on. Each of them has one thing in common: they use the Bible to support their views. But they don’t use it right. They do not “rightly divide the Scriptures,” as Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15. In fact, if one takes the time to read the passage in context, we will often find that the passage they are using to support their heresy is the very best to refute it.
Take 1st Corinthians 8:5-6 for example. The ancient heretic Arius tried to use this verse to show that Jesus is not God.
“5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”
Anyone with the Spirit reading this text should see the error of Arius. Not only does this passage not refute the fact that Jesus is God, but it’s one of the very best passages to show the Bible teaches that Jesus is God!
But of course, I have now revealed the cause behind all this heresy. How can a person seriously studying the Bible come to such erroneous conclusions? Because the Bible can only be understood by those who have the Spirit of God. It is written:
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Cor 2:14
We cannot expect unbelievers to draw the right conclusions from Scripture. They can’t. They will either dismiss it as total foolishness (the common response) or twist it in their sinful minds to create lies, for it is written:
“He [Paul] writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”
2 Peter 3:16
And we know all lies have their origin in Satan, the Devil, for he is the father of all lies, for it is written:
“43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
So, therefore, all heresy has its roots in the Devil, who moves his children (the Lost) to carry out his errands (2 Timothy 2:26), among which is to distort the truth and create lies from Scripture to lead people astray. Did not the Devil twist Scripture against Jesus in the wilderness? See Matthew 4:5-7. Did he not even twist the words of God in Eden to lead Man astray in the beginning? See Genesis 3:1-4
How do we fight heresy? How can we know when someone, even if they profess Christ, even if they are upheld as great teachers of the Bible, are spinning a yarn and not the truth? By knowing the Word ourselves! If we read those last two passages again, we see that Jesus knew the Word of God more intimately than Satan, and used it rightly to drive him away. Contrastly, Eve’s failure began when she misquoted the words of God when she said “we must not touch it.” It seems a slight error, but it proves she was not as familiar with God’s word (short as it was then) as she ought to have been.
“26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
1 John 2:26-27
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15