Paul answered the various tenets of the Colossian heresy that threatened the church. This heresy was a “mixed bag”, containing elements from several different heresies, some of which contradicted each other (as the chart shows).
|The Heresy||Reference||Paul’s Answer|
|Spirit is good; matter is evil.||1:15-20||God created heaven and earth for his glory.|
|One must follow ceremonies, rituals, and restrictions in order to be saved or perfected.||2:11, 16-23; 3:11||These were only shadows that ended when Christ came. He is all you need to be saved.|
|One must deny the body and live in strict asceticism.||2:20-23||Asceticism is no help in conquering evil thoughts and desires; instead, it leads to pride.|
|Angels must be worshipped.||2:18||Angels are not to be worshipped; Christ alone is worthy of worship.|
|Christ could not be both human and divine.||1:15-20; 2:2, 3||Christ is God in the flesh; he is the eternal One, head of the body, first in everything, supreme.|
|One must obtain “secret knowledge” in order to be saved or perfected – and this was not available to everyone.||2:2, 18||God’s secret is Christ, and he has been revealed to all.|
|One must adhere to human wisdom, tradition, and philosophies.||2:4, 8-10; 3:15-17||By themselves, these can be misleading and shallow because they have human origin; instead, we should remember what Christ taught and follow his words as our ultimate authority.|
|It is even better to combine aspects of several religions.||2:10||You have everything when you have Christ; he is all-sufficient.|
|There is nothing wrong with immorality.||3:1-11||Get rid of sin and evil because you have been chosen by God to live a new life as a representative of the Lord Jesus.|
©Dodgsons KingsWay Sanctuary Church, 1973.