- “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed” (2 Peter 2:1-2).
- "For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:4).
- “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12).
Now we can see why not all heresies are equally destructive.
For “non-essential” issues such as water baptism or 'Baptism of the Holy Spirit', we need not dig in and make a tough stand on what we think is the truth. For we can be so rigid and narrow in our doctrinal views that we become guilty of schism, which is undesirable (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).