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Use of the term Heresy

I am uncomfortable with Bible teacher Eddie Hyatt’s use of the term “heresy.” However, I did appreciate the message of his article “The Colossian Heresy Revisited: Has the Prophetic Stream Lost Its Focus?” from the Fall 2005 Pneuma Review.
– AI



Thanks for your comment. There certainly are differing opinions today about what “heresy” is and how Christians should use the term. For example, W. Simpson also discussed the term briefly in the same issue. He talked about how many critics of the faith movement call many of their biblically unsupported tenets “heresy” but that this is often an inaccurate use of the term. “Unfortunately, many of the so-called ‘pop-apologists’ of our time seem to know only one word for classifying errors and excesses in their polemics—the singularly divisive and frequently misapplied appellation of ‘heresy’” (see also Note 1).

If heresy is false teaching that blocks or obliterates saving faith in Jesus as Messiah, then this was not how Dr. Hyatt was using the term. He did say, “what some New Testament scholars call ‘The Colossian Heresy,’” and  proceeded to use the term “heresy” through the remainder of the article to describe the unbiblical emphasis on spiritual manifestations.

Thank you again for bringing this to the attention of our other readers.

Raul Mock and the editors



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Category: In Depth, Winter 2006

About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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