The Bible Believer's Handbook of Heresies
The Bible Believer's Handbook of Heresies
By Pastor James L. Melton
Copyright © 2002 - Published by Bible Baptist Church, 125 E. Maple, Sharon, TN
IntroductionOver the past few years, I have received many requests for a booklet on "the cults." I have never written such a booklet, because there are simply too many cults in our midst. It would take a sizable BOOK to properly expose the many cults and heresies that exist. Besides, other fine authors have already produced some very good books on this subject that have been a blessing to Christians for many years. I really have not seen a NEED for a new BOOK on the cults.
A Study of Heretical Teachings, Teachers, and Terms
Apostolic Signs and Wonders
Armstrong, Garner Ted
Armstrong, Herbert W.
Azusa Street MissionLocated at 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles, the ASM served as a meeting place for the beginning of the modern Charismatic movement. It was from here that Pentecostalism began to spread throughout the nation.See Charismatic Groups.
Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire
There are a number of careless steps that Baptist Briders usually take before promoting this outrageous heresy:
Their heresies are many:
Church of Christ
Today the "Church of Christ" teaches a number of heresies:
Deity of ManThe foolish belief that man can become God, or that God is "reproducing Himself" in man. According to God's word, those who believe on Jesus Christ can become "Sons of God" (John 1:12), but never God Himself.
Denial of the Blood Atonement
Denial of the Deity of Christ
Denial of the Deity of the Holy Spirit
Denial of Eternal Security
Denial of a Literal Burning Hell
Denial of Literal Second Coming of Christ
Denial of Physical Resurrection of Christ
Denial of a Sin Nature from Birth
Denial of the Trinity
Denial of the Virgin Birth of Christ
Eddy, Mary Baker Glover Patterson
The main heresies taught by Jehovah's Witnesses are as follow:
Moon, Rev. Sun Myung
The Mormon people of today are highly respected in our society, but there is nothing respectable about their doctrines. Their principle heresies are:
Musical Instruments Forbidden in Worship
Original ManuscriptsThere is no such thing as "the Greek text," and no one living today has ever seen "the original Greek" because it hasn't existed since it fell apart many centuries ago. Usually when a man makes reference to "the Greek," he is having trouble believing what God has already told him in THE ENGLISH. There are over 5000 PIECES of manuscript evidence available, which have been found in different places, but there is no "original manuscript" in existence. No one knows what the "original" says, because no one has it, and no one living today has ever seen it.
Papacy and Priesthood
As for Peter being the first Pope, the sincere Bible student should note the following facts:
Parham, Charles F.
Quimby, Phineas P.
Roman Catholic Church
Some of the main heresies of the Catholic church are as follows:
Russell, Charles Taze
Rutherford, Judge Joseph Franklin
Salvation through Works
Seventh Day Adventists
Smith, JosephFounder of the Mormon church. Smith claimed to have received a vision from God the Father and Jesus in 1820, and then a special visit from an angel named Moroni in 1823. As a result of these revelations, Smith organized the Mormon church. See Mormons.
True Church Theory
Unity School of Christianity
Like Christian Science, the heresies of Unity are numerous. Some are listed below:
Unpardonable SinDuring His physical life on earth, Jesus often exercised His Deity by performing miracles through the Divine power of the Holy Ghost. In Matthew 12:22-32, the Pharisees witness one of the Lord's many miracles. Then, instead of believing on Jesus, they accused Him of performing miracles through the power of the Devil. He then told them that men could be forgiven for blasphemy (evil and hurtful speaking) against men and against Him, but that blasphemy against the Holy Ghost could NEVER be forgiven. A companion reference for this is found in Mark 3:30, where we are told WHY Jesus said this to them: "Because they said, he hath an unclean spirit."
Worldwide Church of God
Here follow some of the heresies taught by Herbert W. Armstrong and his "church":
What Should A Church Believe?
20 Questions to Ask before Joining a Church
- Alien Alert: Bible Baptism vs. Baptist Bride Baptism, Ken Blue, Open Door Baptist Bookstore, 17014 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood, WA 98037.
- Babylon Mystery Religion, Ralph Woodrow, Ralph Woodrow Evangelistic Assoc., P.O. Box 124 Riverside, CA 92502.
- Campbellism: It's History and Heresies, Bob L. Ross, Pilgrim Publications, P.O. Box 66, Pasadena, TX 77501
- Heresies Exposed, W.M. Irvine, Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1238 Corlies Ave., Neptune, NJ 07753
- Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin, Bethany House Publishers, 6820 Auto Club Road, Minneapolis, MN 55438
- Larson's New Book of Cults, Bob Larson, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60187
- Lodges: Examined by the Bible, John R. Rice, Sword of the Lord Publishers, P.O. Box 1099, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1099
- Masonry: Beyond the Light, William Schnoebelen, Chick Publications, P.O. Box 662, Chino, CA 91710
- Promise Keepers and the Forgotten Promise, Ernest D. Pickering, Baptist World Mission, P.O. Box 1463, Decatur, AL 35602
- The Christian's Handbook of Science and Philosophy, Peter S. Ruckman, Bible Baptist Bookstore, P.O. Box 7135, Pensacola, FL 32534
- The Collapse of Evolution, Scott M. Huse, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI 49516
- The History of the New Testament Church--Volumes I & II, Peter S. Ruckman, Bible Baptist Bookstore, P.O. Box 7135, Pensacola, FL 32534
- The Masonic Lodge, Steve Harmon, Maineville Baptist Church, 57 East Foster-Maineville Road, Maineville, OH 45039
- The Spirit World, Clarence Larkin, Clarence Larkin Estate, P.O. Box 334, Glenside, PA 19038
- The Truth about the Church of Christ, Hugh Pyle, Sword of the Lord Publishers, P.O. Box 1099, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1099
- The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop, Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1238 Corlies Ave., Neptune, NJ 07753
- The Watchtower Files, Duane Magnani, Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, MN 55438
- Understanding the Cults, Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, Here's Life Publishers, P.O. Box 1576, San Bernardino, CA 92402
- Way of Life Encyclopedia, David W. Cloud, Way of Life Literature, Bible Baptist Church, 1701 Harns Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
- What about the Promise Keepers?, Fundamental Evangelistic Assoc., Box 6278, Los Osos, CA 93412