Should we name names?

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Many today get all bent out of shape when we, who are in the forefront of ministry, working in the field, call out false teachers, preachers who preach error and the common response always is, “Why not just pray for them?” That is a fallacy and common response by some who have been touched by the spirit of tolerance, or worse – political correctness.

Paul said “MARK THEM which cause divisions and offenses CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17) and called out false teachers (2 Cor.11:13, 2 Tim.2:17-18, 2 Tim. 4:14). John ditto (1Jn.4:1, 3Jn:9-10).

The early church fathers named heresies after the false teachers (Arianism after Arius, Pelagianism after Pelagius, etc.). If the shepherds do not name both the lie and the preacher of lies then it is the mark of a worthless shepherd who offers no protection for the sheep, and if they teach the “no judging” heresy they oppose both the Word and God.

Paul named many in his day who were either false teachers (meaning, they did not have a relationship with Christ to begin with) or he regarded others as men who preached with a different motive other than a genuine desire to see souls saved. We’re seeing a major shift within the body to silence anyone from questioning either the teachings of popular religious leaders or worse, calling those who are genuinely evil as wolves. It’s a spirit of compromise at work – which is nothing more than a spirit of Antichrist.

There is a quote I like which sums this up pretty well – “In some circles, the fear of controversy is so great that preachers and congregations following after them will settle for peace at any cost – even the cost of the truth – God’s truth. The idea is that peace is all- important. Peace is a biblical ideal…but so is purity. The peace of the church may never be bought at the price of the purity of the church. The price is too dear”.

Ecumenism and Catholicism are two great buzzwords today. Let’s all get together. Don’t do or say anything to rock the boat. Doctrine divides, they say. But Jesus, when he openly began to reprove the false teachers of his day, was met with great hostility when he taught his doctrine of repentance.

The Apostle Paul equally confronted and exposed false teachers of his day; “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (EXPOSE) them.” Ephesians 5:11

“Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” 1 Timothy 5:20
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9

This is the protective love of the LORD. Here is the list of the 8 evil doers the great apostle was inspired to justifiably identify by name in 2 Timothy:

1) Phygellus 1:15
2) Hermogenes 1:15
3) Hymenaeus 2:17
4) Philetus 2:17
5) Jannes 3:8
6) Jambres 3:8
7) Demas 4:10 (apostate)
8) Alexander the coppersmith 4:14

The day is coming, if not already here, where we as believers, must be willing to defend the truth, even at the cost of relationship, family and/or position from the deception that Satan will unleash upon the world. What we are seeing now is a small taste of something greater to come. It is never personal when we bring up someone’s teachings which do not conform to the gospel, it’s just business. We are in the business of saving souls, saving men from their sins as well, saving the body from those whose true intention is to lead many to hell under the guise of truth, which is not truth, but a lie. That is our mandate.

 

Christopher Gregory

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