Heresies


Eternal Progression is a doctrine unique to Mormonism, which teaches that men can eternally progress to the state of godhood. Eternal Progression is taught by the LDS that the process begins as the spiritual children of God in the “preexistence” and then continues throughout life on Earth and afterward. Through […]

Heresies: Eternal Progression


Adoptionism (also called Dynamic Monarchianism), is a subset of non-Trinitarianism that holds that Jesus was a mere mortal man, and that he was “adopted” as God’s Son at some point in his earthly life, usually at his baptism. The synods of Antioch and Nicea rejected Adoptionism, and it is a […]

Adoptionism


Manichaeism is the name of a false religion within wider Eastern Mysticism. Elements of this religion, however, exist as a sub-Christian heresy popular in certain circles. Within Christianity, Manichaeism teaches that good and evil (or God and Satan) have equal power and authority.

Heresies: Manichaeism



Limited Theism is a term used generally to define a belief in the God of the Christian Bible that limits any of his divine attributes. However, Limited Theism usually manifests itself in the particular belief that God is all-good, but that He is limited in power, denying his divine omnipotence. Usually, this […]

Heresies: Limited Theism


Sectarian Minimalism is a heretical sub-christian sect consisting of professing believers in Jesus, but who minimalize, repudiate, or neglect the local church. Sectarian Minimalism manifests itself in many Christian traditions, and typically leads to great harm both among its adherents and also to churches where it has taken root. Sectarian […]

Heresies: Sectarian Minimalism


Universalism (Universalism) is the doctrinal heresy that all people will be redeemed to God, and that all people will saved eternally. The term itself developed in 1820 in association with the Christian Universalist ‘Church’ that was founded a few decades before. Not all Universalists are a part of that denomination, […]

Heresies: Universalism



Annihilationism, sometimes called “destructionism” or “extinctionism” is the theological proposition that there is no “hell” awaiting the unbeliever, at least not that can be defined as “eternal conscience torment” (which is the Biblical, historic and orthodox understanding of hell. Sometimes the heresy takes the form of “conditional immortality,” which teaches […]

Heresies: Annihilationism


Dual Covenant Theology, sometimes called “two Covenant theology” is a theological proposition that Jews (that is, the physical lineage of Abraham) can be redeemed through adherence to the Sinaitic Covenant (sometimes called the Mosaic Covenant) and Old Testament Law, whereas Gentiles are saved by the Covenant of Grace taught in […]

Heresies: Dual Covenant Theology


Vinism is one of the five heresies (along with Osteenism , Haginism, Rauschenbuschism and Theoerosism) coined by Polemics Report or its sister ministry, Pulpit and Pen. Vinism is so named in the tradition after naming heresies for their founders or most prominent proponents. In this case, Vinism is named after not the founder, but […]

Heresies: Vinism (Gay Theology)



Theoerosism is one of the five heresies (along with Vinism , Kenyonism, Rauschenbuschism and Osteenism) coined by Polemics Report or its sister ministry, Pulpit and Pen. Theoerosism is named from two words in Greek, θεός and ἔρως, meaning God and love. ἔρως, however, is often used to describe an erotic type of love, and so […]

Heresies: Theoerosism


Although there are many varieties of mysticism, the sub-christian heresy is that mysticism common among purported Christians, also known as Christian Mysticism. Mysticism, as it may reveal itself in any religious tradition, is the attempt or practice of becoming one with a deity through meditation, ecstasy, altered consciousness, or another discipline […]

Heresies: Mysticism


Open Theism is a heresy that teaches a false representation of God, asserting that God is not knowing of all that will come to pass. Sometimes called “Free Will Theism,” Open Theism is associated often – but not always – with adherents of Pelagianism. Unique for a heresy, Open Theism […]

Heresies: Open Theism



Kenyonism is one of the five heresies (along with Vinism , Osteenism, Rauschenbuschism and Theoerosism) coined by Polemics Report or its sister ministry, Pulpit and Pen. Kenyonism is so named in the tradition after naming heresies for their founders or most prominent proponents. In this case, Kenyonism is named after the founder, E.W. […]

Heresies: Kenyonism (Word-Faith)


The heresy of Socinianism is named after its founder, Faustus Socinus (1539-1604) and gained popularity among the Polish Brethren and the Unitarian Church of Transylvania. Socinians had a number of heretical beliefs, including rejecting substitionary atonement, adopting and embracing Pelagianism, Arianism, and Open Theism. However, none of those heresies are unique to Socinianism. […]

Heresies: Socinianism


Rauschenbuschism is one of the five heresies coined by Polemics Report or its sister ministry, Pulpit & Pen (along with Vinism , Haginism, Osteensim and Theoerosism). Rauschenbuschism is so named in the tradition of naming heresies for their founders or most prominent proponents. In this case, Rauschenbuschism is named after Walter Rauschenbusch, who wrote […]

Heresies: Rauschenbuschism (Social Gospel)



Psilanthropism is a heresy that teaches Jesus was the product of a sexual union between two human parents. The word is a combination of  ψιλός and ἄνθρωπος, meaning “bare human.” Psilanthropism is a subset and close relative of Arianism, although Arianism usually contains some theistic influence (at least eventually) in their […]

Heresies: Psilanthropism


Osteenism is one of the five heresies (along with Vinism , Kenyonism, Rauschenbuschism and Theoerosism) coined by Polemics Report or its sister ministry, Pulpit and Pen. Osteenism is so named in the tradition after naming heresies for their founders or most prominent proponents. In this case, Osteenism is named after not […]

Heresies: Osteenism


The heresy of Pelagianism is named after its founder, Pelagius of the (354-420). Pelagius argued that Original Sin (the Fall of Mankind in Adam) did not so corrupt man’s nature that it left man incapable of choosing God and salvation without a special work of God in or through him. […]

Heresies: Pelagianism



The heresy of Patripassianism is synonymous with the heresy of modalism, and is called patripassianism from the  Latin patri and passio, meaning “father” and “suffer,” because the belief asserts that Christ was the incarnate God the Father who suffered for our sins. This term is used to describe the heresy in the […]

Heresies: Patripassianism


Nestorianism is a heresy named after its founder, Nestorius (AD 386-450). Nestorious taught that Christ had two natures (divine and human) that were not unified into one hypostasis or “hypostatic union), which was directly contradictory to the orthodox position of the church. The (approximate) opposite of Nestorianism is Monothelitism.  Nestorious […]

Heresies: Nestorianism


A lesser known and currently obscure heresy, Monothelitism teaches that Jesus has two natures (divine and human) – which is correct – but that he only has one will. Monothelitism was pronounced a heresy at the Third Council of Constantinople in 1681. To explain why this teaching is heretical, it’s […]

Heresies: Monothelitism



Monarchianism is a heresy that teaches that the Oneness of God implies that the Trinity does not consist of Three Persons, but only one person, with three manifestations. This heresy was started most likely by Paul of Samosota, the Bishop of Antioch (not the Apostle). There are two different forms […]

Heresy: Monarchianism


Sabellianism, as known as Modalism (and Modalist Monarchianism), is a heresy that denies the Holy Trinity and asserts that the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity are mere modes of one divine Person. Orthodoxy Christianity, to contrast, believe that the One Triune God consists of three distinct persons, all co-equal and […]

Heresies: Sabellianism


Modalism, as known as Sabellianism (and Modalist Monarchianism), is a heresy that denies the Holy Trinity and asserts that the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity are mere modes of one divine Person. Orthodoxy Christianity, to contrast, believe that the One Triune God consists of three distinct persons, all co-equal […]

Heresies: Modalism



Montanism is a 2nd Century heresy, still prevalent today, named after its founder, Montanus. Those who engage in the Montanism heresy sometimes speak of it as “The New Prophecy.” Montanists hold to most orthodox doctrines in their most generic forms (except the Sufficency of Scripture), but believe in new prophecies that are outside […]

Heresies: Montanism


Marcionism is an ancient heresy that goes back to the 2nd Century AD. It is named after its founder, Macion of Sinope. Marcion believed that Christ was the Savior of mankind, but he asserted that the deity of the Old Testament was a different god than that of the New […]

Heresies: Marcionism


The heresy of Docetism is named for the transliteration of the Greek δοκεῖν/δόκησις, meaning “phantom” or “illusion.” The word refers to the 2nd Century AD teaching that Jesus only seemed to be human, and that his flesh was only an illusion. The earliest signs of Docetism appear in a pseudepigraphal work (a […]

Heresies: Docetism



An little-known but widely-practiced heresy in modern evangelicalism is Audianism. Audianism is a teaching named after its founder, Audius, who was a Syrian in the 4th Century AD. Audius taught that because God made man in his own image (Genesis 1:27), that this means that God the Father has a […]

Heresies: Audianism


As exceedingly rare heresy, this teaching is named after its founder, Apollinaris of Laodicea. A subset of the wider Arian heresy, this teaching is that Jesus did not have a human mind, denying the hypostatic union and the two-fold nature of Christ as being both completely man and completely God. […]

Heresies: Apollinarism


Adoptionism is a form of non-triniatrianism and is related to the Arian heresy, which teaches that Jesus was not divine until he was “adopted” at some point during his life (usually at his baptism). In some cases, adoptionists may still not believe in the divinity of Christ. Adoptionism was ruled […]

Heresies: Adoptionism



Arianism is the sub-christian heresy that asserts Christ, who is the Second Person of the Trinity, is in fact a created being or – depending upon the variety of Arianism- became deified at some point in time. Because of this belief, Arians often hold that Christ, who is God the […]

Heresies: Arianism


Heresy is a false teaching that doesn’t conform to what the Bible says and has possible eternal consequences for one who believes it. It’s not finer points of doctrine we disagree with, but serious doctrinal error that has historically been considered as sub-christian by Christians throughout the ages.These are sub-christian […]

List of Sub-Christian Heresies