Matthew 17:20

Matthew 17:20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Christian Heresies

Christian Heresies

ANCIENT HERESIES RECYCLED IN THE MODERN AGE

Worth knowing about, so you can avoid them and you can call out those “Christians” who have adopted any of them.

For example:

The doctrine of the Monophysites was very close to the heresy of Docetism and the Gnostic-Docets. These heresies basically taught that Jesus was somehow not subject to all the things that make one a human. They taught that Christ merely assumed the appearance of a human body, denying the reality of the humanity of Christ. St. Ignatius, the Christian Bishop of Antioch (Syria), refuted this heresy when he wrote: For I know and believe that He was in the flesh after the Resurrection: and when He came to Peter and his company, He said, Lay hold and handle Me, and see that I am not a bloodless spirit’, and straightaway they touched Him and believed, being joined to His flesh and blood. Therefore also they despised death, nay, were found superior to it; and after His Resurrection He ate and drank with them, as one in the flesh, though spiritually He was united with the Father. [….] The Docetists abstain from the Eucharist, because they allow not that It is the flesh of our Savior, which flesh suffered for our sins, and which the Father of His goodness raised up. St. Ignatius was martyred ca. 107 AD.

At the end of the 2nd century, St. Irenaeus completed his great work Against Heresies, which was written to refute the various forms of Gnosticism. The Gnostics denied the historicity of the Gospels. For the Gnostics, neither the historical Jesus whose humanity they denied, nor the events of His life meant anything for salvation. They viewed these as only “signs” of an eternal, invisible and secret reality, and they believed that physical matter and the world were inherently evil, the creation of an inferior god. For the Gnostics, the goal of humanity was in escaping from the physical body and earthly constraints and in returning to the higher spiritual world from which humans fell. The means of achieving this “spiritual reality” were contained in a “secret truth” revealed only to the Gnostics and not found in Sacred Scripture or the Tradition of the Church. These teachings were refuted by St. Irenaeus who established the principles for the interpretation of the Scriptures guided by the “Rule of Faith, handed down by the Apostles,” and insisting the whole Bible portrays one continuous history from Creation to redemption and consummation. He affirmed the teaching of the Universal Church that salvation takes place in time and history and the Old and New Testaments form a single vision within this historical sweep.

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Two heresies that are popular today are revivals of a form of the heresy of Pelagianism, a heretical teaching on grace first introduced in the early fifth century AD by the lay monk Pelagius (see endnote). These modern versions of the ancient heresy include the denial of the action of Divine grace in the economy of salvation, maintaining that humans can obtain salvation solely through their own efforts, and the heresy of Universalism which professes the belief that everyone will ultimately achieve salvation.

Matthew 20:30-34

Matthew 20:30-34
And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Luke 11:34

Luke 11:34
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Habakkuk 2:14-16

Habakkuk 2:14-16
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.

Class Assignment

What can Americans do to create another Great Awakening? 1500-2000 words.

 

Joseph Tracy, the minister, historian, and preacher who gave this religious phenomenon its name in his influential 1842 book The Great Awakening, saw the First Great Awakening as a precursor to the American Revolution. The evangelical movement of the 1740s played a key role in the development of democratic thought, as well as the belief of the free press and the belief that information should be shared and completely unbiased and uncontrolled. These concepts ushered in the period of the American Revolution. This contributed to create a demand for religious freedom.[3] Although the Great Awakening represented the first time African Americans embraced Christianity in large numbers, Anglican missionaries had long sought to convert blacks, again with the printed as well as the spoken word.[4]

~Wikipedia