Great Heresies – and the Worldviews that Spawn Them

1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” – 2 Peter 2:1-3

Lack of clear thinking – which is impossible for the unregenerate mind – will lead one to hold to an unbiblical worldview.

And the five major heresies that have been around since man grew too big for his britches keep popping up with different clothes on the same old bag of lies from Satan.3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.” 2 Peter 1:3-12

6 thoughts on “Great Heresies – and the Worldviews that Spawn Them

  1. Thanks for sharing this Manfred. The sooner Christians understand the Postmodern world we live in, the better. And though Postmoderns are subjectively based in authority, truth and theology, the all-powerful Word of the Almighty God does the penetrating work down past their paradigm. So simply preaching God’s Word is far more efficacious than trying to change their fallacious mindset.


  2. You be right, David – nothing but the Lord and His Word can change a man.

    I should have made clear this one thing: in the first chart, red indicates contrary to the Truth.


  3. I think Johnson’s list is interesting. I’d be curious how he picked his five. As an aside, I’m not sure Phil Johnson is aware of this, but the title “5 great heresies” came from a book by Hilaire Belloc, a Catholic. Belloc’s list BTW was quite different: Arianism, Islam, Catharism, Protestantism and Modernism.


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