Ignoring False Teachers

Posted: September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Do we ignore false teaching for the sake of peace?

There is a train of thought by many today in the modern church where it’s said we should not judge for the sake of unity, more so, we should just love one another regardless of our different views and allow people to listen to whomever they want. It sounds good, it sounds reasonable, but the problem is, it’s a compromise which is not only dangerous, once it begins to be followed, it will produce spiritual death.

The word of God states in Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” What Paul the Apostle was saying is, when someone is preaching or teaching false doctrine that is contrary to the word, we have a moral duty to expose that teaching as heresy, not partake of it (accept it). Yet too many Christians today clearly are under the impression that we should just ignore false teaching for the sake of compromise. But thankfully the early church didn’t go this route.

When Simeon the sorcerer thought he could buy the gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter rebuked him strongly and told him to repent immediately to save his life and eternal soul. Paul the Apostle confronted Peter before the church over his wrong – would we do the same today? But it didn’t end there, Paul would end up naming 8 individuals in 2 Timothy who were false teachers, individuals who were preaching wrong theology and leading people astray; Phygellus 1:15, Hermogenes 1:15, Hymenaeus 2:17, Philetus 2:17, Jannes 3:8, Jambres 3:8, Demas 4:10 (apostate), Alexander the coppersmith 4:14.

If Paul, the messenger of grace, called by God to bring the message of the cross to the gentile world, if he had to expose and call out false teachers, then why do many within the modern church today refuse to follow Paul’s example? Because they have allowed tolerance and religious political correctness to undermine their spiritual discernment, which has caused them to literally compromise their walk.

But there is another aspect as to why many today will not confront or denounce the many teachings of error found by many of today’s popular preachers – they love them. The biggest problem within the church today is preacher worship. We have adopted Hollywood’s version of celebrity worship and instead of Actors, we have pastors, instead of Actresses, we have prophets, instead of rock stars, we have preachers. We have literally made idols out of men and by doing so, we refuse to judge the teachings by many because we have grown too close to them and will not allow anyone to harm our current flavor of the week.

But Paul warned the Galatians of this problem and his warning reverberates more to the church today than then, ““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

The fact is, we ARE to judge, but judge righteously. But not only judge, but also rebuke, so that other believers will be warned and resist the urge to follow someone who is teaching false doctrine. “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” 1 Timothy 5:20

Today we have popular teachers and preachers who openly teach and preach error, laced with pop psychology, sugar coated sermons which are poison, soothing words of comfort, but yet stir up a wind of evil. So, do we continue to ignore and refuse to deal with these false teachers in spite of their continuing behavior and teachings? No, we don’t – we call them out on it as any good and decent believer would and should.

Why? Because in the coming future, a deception is coming (and its spirit is already here) so great, so cunning, that it will confuse and deceive many in the last days. Jesus told us 4 times – DO NOT BE DECEIVED! If we are not willing to address the teachings happening today on TBN or other Christian networks, then how shall we judge the coming end time deception? The truth is, unless we stop allowing Satan to continue to lure people into a false belief system, we will be ripe for the coming lie set to deceive the entire world – and make no mistake, it IS coming.

Let us be vigilant, let us be precise, let us walk in love, but let us understand we have a responsibility to root out the false for the sake of the sheep, and that’s what it’s all about – the sheep. If Christ demanded accountability of his Disciples, how much more so will he hold us accountable today, which includes warning others of false teachings and those responsible for them (Isa. 58:1; Ezek. 33:7-9; 34:1-10; Acts 20:26-32; Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Tim. 2:17-18).

The choice is yours to make, but for me, I’ll call out whom I will as I am required to do – and let the chips fall where they may.

Comments
  1. revelationunveiled says:

    To begin a journey into Truth see: https://revelationunveiled.wordpress.com/

  2. Hope Wingo says:

    I cannot shout the truth in this article loud enough! May I share my story? https://1way2yahweh.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/my-personal-story-of-deception-part-1/

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