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Heresy or Truth?

By David J. Smith
September 27, 2008

I will not apologize for God. He did send me a vision of a Bible that lasted from May through June of 1980. The moment I laid the manuscript down to begin Newswatch Magazine the vision of the Bible disappeared and has never returned since.

I have remained faithful to Jesus’ calling, as of this writing, since 1966. It has been twenty-eight years and three months since God called me into His ministry. I have never tried to elevate myself in the eyes of anyone, or insinuate that I was better than anyone else! One thing I am absolutely sure of is that Jesus the Christ of Almighty God called me into His ministry – not my ministry!!!

From the time I came into the ministry, I have not compromised with the truth. Why? Because that would make me a heretic! That I will not be! I have quoted scripture in every sermon I have ever given and used other scriptures to help clarify “hard to be understood scriptures.”

I have always sought Jesus to reveal to me what I should speak about each week, knowing I was speaking to God’s elect! I knew also that I would be held accountable with double judgment for what I spoke. While seeking to be faithful, strange teachings would seem to come out of nowhere that could easily be determined as heresy. It then became my responsibility to find the source of the heresy and speak to the person about the error of his or her way.

Sometimes the person spreading the heresy would recognize the error he or she had fallen into and repent. However, most of the time the individual would hold fast to the heresy and leave the church. That is truly sad. Usually pride enters when someone cannot see the mistake he or she is making. I found some “new truth,” they will say. Was it a new truth or Satan throwing a snare out for them to grasp hold of, and stubbornness or pride would not let them turn loose of the error? I’ve even heard people say they love our ministry, but David is wrong on this or that point and reject the message.

Sometimes it is painful to quote a scripture that fits a circumstance, but it must be done if truth and unity is to be maintained. “For there MUST BE also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you (I Corinthians 11: 19).

This scripture CLEARLY says that heresy separates the accepted people of God from the unaccepted! Wouldn’t it be the right thing to reject heresy and remain accepted of God? The word heresies is #139 in the Greek section of the Strong’s Concordance and means disunion. Where the individual was once unified with and in the church, he or she is now disunified with the church because of accepting a belief that is not taught by the leadership of the church.

Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines heresy as follows: “1. Religious opinion opposed to the authorized doctrinal standards of any church, when held by a person holding the same general faith, and tending to promote schism or separation; lack of sound belief; rejection of, or erroneous belief in regard to some fundamental religious doctrine of truth. 2. An opinion held in opposition to the established or commonly received doctrine, and tending to promote division or dissension; – usually in reproach.”

Since God called me into the ministry, I have witnessed individuals following their own mind that leads to heresy instead of God’s Holy Spirit that leads into ALL truth (John 16: 13). Why does this bother me, as a minister, so much? Salvation could be on the line, and accepting heresy could be the finishing touch. Pride and stubbornness usually prevents a person from accepting the fact they have accepted heresy.

Jesus wants a contrite and sincere heart that is not filled with pride or stubbornness. Notice one part of the works of the flesh! “Now the works of the flesh are manifest [plain – made known] … heresies” (Galatians 5: 19-20). Why would heresies be listed among the plain to see works of the flesh? When an individual accepts a “false” teaching, they want to hold onto it because of pride and stubbornness. Stubbornness is as the sin of witchcraft.

Shouldn’t we be seeking the “fruit of the Spirit” instead of causing disunion over a matter that has nothing to do with salvation? Why spread “false” teachings when it is not involving salvation, but it is just an “itching” ear wanting some new teaching. What is wrong with the truth when you find it? Why not hold on to it as being precious?

Look what Paul was inspired to write: “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4: 8). No heresy, just purity!!!

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