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Heresy and heretic (heretick) are found several times in the KJV Bible; specially in
the New Testament. Both words have to do with a false religion or with a false
teaching regarding true Christian doctrine.
An example of a heresy would be the teaching that a true Christian who has, by
faith, trusted the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning work, shed blood and
ressurection from among the dear, can be lost again, even though that person was
truly saved. This is a false and very wicked heresy. Sect is a similar word used in the
Bible which is closely related in meaning to heresy.
A heretic is simply a person who promotes or follows a heresy/false teaching. “Then
the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the
Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation” (Acts 5:17). The Jewish sect/heresy of
the Saducees taught that there is no ressurection—that once a person dies they cease
to exist; a terrible and false doctrine.
If a Christian (a real believer or just a professer) teaches a heresy Paul warns that “A
man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject” (Titus 3:10).