HERESIES OF WESTCOTT AND HORT
by D. A. Waite PhD
Heresies in Ecclesiology
In this general division of ecclesiology, there is usually taken up the teachings on the church universal and the local church, with its ordinances, and so on [cf. Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol. IV]. I noted, in this area, the following items, in various degrees of heresy and/or error.
Westcott Confuses the "Body" of Christ as the Body of Believers with Christ's Literal "Body" While on Earth
(Hebrews 9:11) Under one aspect these are represented by the union of the redeemed and perfected hosts made one in Christ as His body. Through this glorified church answering to the complete humanity which Christ assume, God is made known and in and through this each believer comes nigh to God. In this body, as a spiritual Temple, Christ ministers.
—-Westcott-—Hebrews, op. cit., p. 258
There is not a clear enough distinction between the "body of Christ" as the true church, or group of saved, born-again believers in Christ, and between the "literal body of Christ" which He had on earth, and now has in His glorified state in heaven. It tends to de-emphasize the truth that we have in the glory, the "Man, Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5), Who has a.body which was bodily resurrected from the dead. It is a very confusing and erroneous .doctrine of religious apostates today to stress the "body of Christ" meaning their heretical religious groups of adherents, and by so much, deny that Jesus Christ was bodily raised from the dead, and that He is bodily now appearing in the presence of God the Father for the believers in Him.
(FROM ONE PARAGRAPH OF WESTCOTT, WAITE COMES TO A CONCLUSION OF HERESY ON WESCOTT'S PART. WHAT I GET FROM WESTCOTT IS GOD IS WORKING THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST - HIS CHURCH. TO SAY WESTCOTT DOES NOT HAVE A CLEAR ENOUGH DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE "BODY OF CHRIST" AS THE CHURCH AND THE "LITERAL BODY OF CHRIST" IS MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF ONE SMALL PARAGRAPH FROM WESTCOTT.....VERY DECEPTIVE AND A WEAK ARGUMENT FROM WAITE - KeithHunt)
Westcott Believed the Heresy that the Church Ordinance of Water Baptism Was "the Condition of Regeneration"
(1 John 5:6) . . . and by His Baptism Christ fulfiled for the humanity which He took to Himself, though not for Himself, the condition of regeneration.
—Westcott—-1-3 John, op. cit., p. 181
This is more heresy. Since when is "water baptism" the "condition of regeneration"? It is by the grace of God, through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the only condition of regeneration known in Scripture (Ephesians 2:8-10).
(FROM WHAT I GET FROM WAITE ON THIS SUBJECT OF WATER BAPTISM, HE DID NOT THINK IT IMPORTANT AT ALL. JESUS WAS BAPTIZED AND SAID IT FULFILLED ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS [SEE PSALM 119:172 FOR DEFINITION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS]. PAUL WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE MANY VERSES ON BAPTISM [SEE ROMANS 6]. PETER WAS INSPIRED TO SAY ACT 2:38. JESUS LEFT US WITH MARK 16 AND WORDS ON BAPTISM. THERE ARE MANY MENTIONS OF BAPTISM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. IF IT WAS NOT IMPORTANT A CONDITION WITHIN SALVATION, WHY BOTHER BAPTIZING ANYONE. IF YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCEPT JESUS AS SAVIOR AND IGNORE WATER BAPTISM FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, IGNORING JESUS' VERY OWN WORDS CONCERNING IT, YOU ARE NOT READING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT. THE SUBJECT OF WATER BAPTISM IS A LARGE TOPIC WHICH I HAVE COVERED IN DETAIL IN STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE.
WAITE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CORRECT TO HAVE GONE TO THE ANGLICAN [CHURCH OF ENGLAND] STAND ON THE WAY TO BAPTIZE - INFANT BAPTISM AND SPRINKLING - THAT IS WHERE THE HERESY OF WESTCOTT AND HORT COMES IN, AND NOT THE IMPORTANCE OF BAPTISM, WHICH OBVIOUSLY WAITE THINKS IS NOT IMPORTANT FOR SALVATION AT ALL. HE IS WOEFULLY WRONG AND UNEDUCATED EVEN WITH HIS PhD - Keith Hunt)