by Obadiah Sedgwick
Lightly edited and modernizzed
But there were false Prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false Teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction Yee therefore beloved, seeing yee know these things before, beware lest yee also being led away with the errour of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastnesse: but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, - 2 Pet. 3:17, 18
"The Nature and Danger of Heresies" by Obadiah Sedgwick is a Christian treatise that explores the nature and consequences of false teachings within the Church. Sedgwick argues that heresies are dangerous because they undermine the true gospel of Christ and lead people astray from the truth.
Sedgwick begins by defining what he means by heresy, which he describes as any teaching that deviates from the orthodox Christian faith. He emphasizes that heresies often arise from a desire to accommodate cultural or philosophical trends, rather than from a genuine commitment to biblical truth.
Sedgwick goes on to describe the consequences of heresies. He argues that they not only lead people away from the truth, but also have a corrupting influence on the Church as a whole. He emphasizes that it is the responsibility of all Christians to resist and expose false teachings, in order to protect the integrity of the gospel.
Throughout the book, Sedgwick provides numerous examples of heresies that have arisen throughout Church history, including Gnosticism, Arianism, and Socinianism. He argues that these false teachings are dangerous because they distort the nature of God and undermine the authority of Scripture.
Sedgwick also addresses some of the practical implications of his teachings. He encourages Christians to be diligent in studying and understanding the Bible, in order to discern truth from error. He also emphasizes the importance of humility and unity within the Church, even in the face of disagreements about doctrine.
Table of Contents
To the Honourable
Of the Nature of Heresy
Of the Danger of Heresies
The Greatness of Danger by Heresies