|“…it is also true that if you wish a close, intimate relationship with God, you must spend the effort studying and applying theology, which is another way of saying, learning His ways. Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” 1 Corinthians 11:19
Heresy does not come into existence by ignorant people with nothing to build, defend, or prove. Rather, you often encounter heresy flowing from those trying to build something or defend what they built. Identifying the heretic does not necessarily mean that you need to confront him. Rather, use the opportunity to clarify your own understanding of what Scripture says regarding the issue. The babe in Christ may come to erroneous conclusions as he begins his quest to know God and His Word, but in time he will come right. Such errors are self¬ correcting with maturity. You may remember convictions you held earlier in life that did not stand the scrutiny of Scripture; with maturity you changed.
Paul’s use of the word “approved” carries the idea of being tested. How does God test the moral person? There are many that profess Christ, live clean, moral lives, and refuse to yield to the authority of Christ and the Scriptures. For the moral person, heresy is a more effective test of his submission to Christ than any other form of evil.
For the most part, understanding Scripture is not a difficult task. When you meet those who refuse to interpret the Bible in a clear, straightforward way–allowing the text to make its case–it may be that God is testing them so as to expose them as heretics to the rest of His Body.
Esther 1-2 Acts 5:1-21 (New King James Version)
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