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?

Only Christ is the Savior

I realize how difficult it is to see the organizations to which we belong as human and fallible. But that is the only way we can point people to the Savior. The Gospel that brings people into right relationship with God isnt locked into any religious organization: yours or mine. We make mistakes and God can use us effectively when we realize that, when we realize that He is the one who is perfect and infallible and sinless.

"He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. "
New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Eph 4:11-16). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

When our organizations point people to anyone or anything other than Christ, we are giving people a false gospel on which to rest their hopes. Christ is the Head of the Body and it is to that Head we, the Body, are to point people for salvation. Pointing people to the Body for salvation is not consistent with our role, and irreverent to the Head of the Body. The way we can "speak the truth in love" and grow the body "for the building up of itself in love" is to grow up into the Head. The ultimate purpose of leadership is to help the members of the Body to "all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."

Christ is who we need to point people to for the purpose of their eternal salvation: so bad doctrine does not take them to hell through unbelief in Christ (Jn 3:36)

The purpose of church leadership is NOT to point people to the church but to the Son of God. Peter pointed to Christ not himself as the source of eternal life. "Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69 We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God. " Jn 6:68-69

Peter certainly did not point people to himself. He preached the pure Gospel of salvation. 22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power ... 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ac 2:22-24, 38