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June 26, 2011, 12:47 am
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes

“Heresy” or “hairesis” in Greek, according to Vine’s Dictionary is “a choosing, choice.” (1) It is often translated “sect,” “differences,” or “faction” in the scripture. The word was used to describe those “things” that divided the body relationally versus focused on Christ who unites us.

It is sad how when someone haphazardly says that a brother or sister is saying “heresy” or calls them a “heretic” because they choose a different opinion how hurtful and destructive that is relationally. In fact to do so would be in itself causing a division relationally with your brother and sisters. Is every opinion that is different from our own a “heresy?” Do we alone have a corner on all truth? Perhaps it is only a brother or sister just trying to find an answer to a question? But we make it divisive by judging their hearts instead of trying to put ourselves in their shoes and taking the log out of our own eyes.

We should allow space and freedom for all the members, even those who are not in Christ, to share and discuss in grace and love their opinions, their questions, and listen to Christ in us and say and do what He says and so all may know Christ better and become mature and grow into the full stature Christ.

(1) W.E. Vine, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 303.


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The lord rebuke me for not being flexible with somebody else opinion. let us respect each other and stop calling one another horrible names.

Comment by rafael

amen brother

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