A professing Christian who had thrown aside his faith and good conscience, and whom Paul had "delivered unto Satan," along with Alexander, "that they might be taught not to blaspheme" (I Tim. 1:20). Hymenæus and Philetus, by their error, had succeeded in overthrowing the faith of some others (II Tim. 2:17).
Meta. A seemingly religious and spiritual thought activity in consciousness that unifies itself with worldly reasonings about spiritual truths, and with the thoughts and desires of the outer man. This is known as the marriage of the church with the world; it leads the individual away from the Christ Truth, into apostasy and adversity.