Can bad doctrine send you to Hell?

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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?

In relation to threats and a doctrine that leads to/from God

In relation to this thread (can bad doctrine take you to hell) would the threat of inquisitional torture, which <forced people to comply with doctrine that had not won the right to their heart, not lead people to do what they did not believe? Whatever is not of faith is sin. The inqueisition forced people to live a faith that had not won their heart, and the threat was most certainly present. Of itself this is irrefutable history and it relates to this thread only because a person cannot be forced to believe.

Clearly coercion was the intent of the inquisition. I am not saying (or certainly trying to justify as ok) the torture Henry put people through, or the murder of Severus, or allowing 100000 peasants to be killed without saying a word. We have wrestled with these deeds, Calvin's successors apoligzed for Severus, and we certainly dont call torture "discipline" either. Foxe's Book of Martyrs lays out for us the kind of "discipline" that is being implied to not be coercion.

God's grace and truth does not need, and is hindered by, men coercing their religion on others. This takes people from a relationship of sheer grace, and makes extermal ritual and practices the game of the day - so you dont get beat or "disciplined" as some would call it.