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Heresy? ‘Heretic’? Really?

I have long believed that significant care must be taken when using the word ‘heresy’.

History Professor Michael Haykin
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It is causally thrown around with, it appears to me, little reflection on the implications of its assignation. If I say someone is teaching heresy, then I am calling that person a heretic. And heresy is a damnable sin (see 2 Peter 2:1; cf. 1 Timothy 4:1-5).