False Teachers and Prophets, Part 2

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Though we’ve begun this series dealing with false teachers and prophets, I’d like to back up to do something I should have done from the beginning. I want to define the words heretic/heresy and false teacher.

Heretic vs False Teacher
A heretic is the term originally used way back during the time leading up to and including the Reformation of the Middle Ages. Then, the term heretic was applied to anyone who dissented from any accepted Roman Catholic dogma/teaching. People like Martin Luther, Zwingli, Tyndale and others were considered heretics because they parted ways with Roman Catholic doctrine. Often, heretics were vilified and even tried, convicted and executed for their “crimes” of disagreeing with Roman Catholicism.

In a more general sense today, we refer to people as heretics who deny fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith (Protestantism). For instance, a person who believes that salvation is given by free…

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