Can bad doctrine send you to Hell?

nodenom's picture

The few assembled on this forum are proof enough that Roman Catholics and Protestants and Mormons and JW's will never agree on certain points of doctrine. In fact within each denomination, you will also find disagreement.
This comes as no surprise since we are all still pretty messed up people. A large percentage of confessing 'christians' still suffer the same troubles as non christians as we play out our own little dramas we think important.

Now the question "how much wrong doctrine, dogma etc. must we embrace to lose our salvation"? In fact, can we lose our salvation by embracing wrong doctrine or do we just put ourselves in danger of never seeing the full life Christ has provided manifesting in our lives?

Will we ever see 'His kingdom come and His will being done' or will we just play our pitiful little parts on this stage and never see what could have been?

michael_legna's picture

You still have not listed any threats

ML wrote -
I did not deny the authority of the Church - I asked you to show what threats the Church supposedly made against its members. You of course want to change the subject because you know your attack was not true.

jqlogan writes -
I did at first but then edited the post and deleted them. Once we get this many layers deep things start to go off the deep end. But so that you can defend the church let me list a principle which has been at the root of many threatenings.

Sorry but once again you duck the question by confusing a principle with a threat.

jqlogan said -
The ignorant masses believed the church had the authority you speak of over the gates of heaven binding and loosing as She saw fitting.

The authority is not over the gates of heaven - you are confusing scripture once again - the authority is to bind and loose on earth as in heaven and the promised protection was to prevail even over the gates of hell. And those who believed this and still believe it are not ignorant masses. If you can't be civil about this please just stop posting.

jqlogan said -
And often times this was over doctrinal issues and not lifestyle issues.

All bindings and loosing are over doctrinal issues. But this still doesn't entail a threat.

jqlogan said -
So people were afraid to be condemned to hellfire for not doing and believing everything the church commanded.

People who do not believe and obey the Gospel should fear the same thing - do you intend to claim this means the Gospel threatens people too? If this is what you mean by a threat then I am proud the Church does the same.

jqlogan said -
And the nobles and kings were kept under control by threats of excommunication which would subsequently relieve their subjects of their temporal obligations to the rulers.

Since most of these temporal obligations to the rulers were exorbitant levels to corrupt princes the Church was right to protect the peasantry - a protection they lose after the reformation when the kings of many countries began to abuse the poor of their countries.

It is unfortunate that countries have separated themselves from God by refusing the guidance of the Church but this does not affect the authority to bind and loose on earth as in heaven, because it is related only to doctrinal issues.