I just learned that someone of whom I think very well holds a position which, in my opinion, has been well, often, and thoroughly discredited, and which I thought had long-since been left by the roadside.
Who it is doesn't matter, what it is doesn't matter, for my purposes here and now. And of course it might be that I'm wrong. My friend might be right. But for the purposes of this one single question, assume that I'm not. So here's my question:
Has ANY false teaching EVER been just simply, roundly, and universally been rejected and left for dead, for good?
Seriously: can you name one? Modalism, Socinianism, universalism, Docetism; KJV-only, Pelagianism... I could go on and on. They've all been staked right through the heart. They've all been dusted. And they're all still parading around as if they were gems of truth that had just been discovered.
Am I missing anything? And I'm talking about teaching, not persons. Well, actually, I could even expand that to persons, on reflection. I was going to write, "For instance, Montanism. Nobody says Montanus is a prophet anymore, but there are still people trying to prop up prophetism." But then I remembered that that Charismatic "historians" have tried to claim Montanus as proof that prophecy never died out.
So you could perhaps even add people. Has any false teacher ever been completely rejected for all time -- or do all the discredited still teach on, whether living (Hinn, Camping) or dead (Pelagius, Wellhausen, Hagin)?