Satan at Work

Sunday, Sept. 18                                

Jesus said “The poor you will always have with you.”  During these first five centuries of the Church, you could also say “You will always have false doctrines with you.”  There was no end of false doctrines.  Satan made sure of that.  He cleverly mixes a little truth with each lie to make it appealing.  There were few (if any) Christian scholars of the Early Church that knowingly taught false doctrine.  Most (if not all) of them had chinks in their armor, allowing some false doctrine to get mixed in with the truth.  Just as with a child learning to read and write, it’s a process.  Mistakes are inevitable, but they lead to correction and progress.  I referred to several false doctrines in my blogs, but would like to identify a few others that plagued the early Church.  1. Apollinarianism.  Christ had a human body, but a divine mind that controlled his human body.  2. Deism.  God is in a sphere of his own and does not interfere in human affairs.  3. Docetism.  God can’t suffer and die, so Christ could not be God.  4. Modalistic Marcionism.  Christ is none other than  God the Father.  5. Dualism.  The universe is controlled by two forces, good and evil. There is no personal God.   6. Monarchianism.  Monarch (ruler).  There is only one God, so Christ was just a man.  7. Pelagianism.  Human nature is not tainted by sin and man can choose good or evil without God’s help.  8. Gnosticism.  Matter is evil and can only be overcome by hidden knowledge that comes to a select few.  And if that is not enough, there is Adoptionism, Dynamic Monarchianism, Ebionism, Eutychianism, Manichaeism,  Montanism, Nestorianism, Novationism, Patripassionism, and Sabellionism.  Then there are a few others mentioned in the New Tesament—the Nicolaitans (Rev. 2:6), the teachers of Balaam (Rev. 2:14-15), “that woman Jezebel (Rev. 2:20), all three of them in connection with the seven churches evaluated

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