Heresy

Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Heresy : from a Greek word signifying

  1. a choice,
  2. the opinion chosen, and
  3. the sect holding the opinion. In the Acts of the Apostles (Revelation 5:17; 15:5; 24:5,14; 26:5) it denotes a sect, without reference to its character. Elsewhere, however, in the New Testament it has a different meaning attached to it. Paul ranks "heresies" with crimes and seditions (Galatians 5:20). This word also denotes divisions or schisms in the church (1 Corinthians 11:19). In Titus 3:10 a "heretical person" is one who follows his own self-willed "questions," and who is to be avoided. Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God (2 Peter 2:1).
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