Saturday, August 19, 2006

Biblical References Toward Heretics/False Teachers

We must have a biblical, godly attitude toward heresy or liberality. Let me give you ten distinctions that we need to have. The following was adapted from an article by: G. Archer Weniger, D.D.

In these days of theological confusion and ecclesiastical compromise, what is the Biblical position for the Bible believer to assume toward heretics and false religious teachers? Are we to patronize them, associate with them, accept their sponsorship, increase their numbers, send them converts, add to their prestige, follow their leadership, identify our churches with them, obliterate important Biblical distinctions with them? The Bible's answer is clear.

1. Try them... 1 John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
2. Mark them...Romans 16:17, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
3. Rebuke them...Titus 1.13, "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith."
4. Have no fellowship.... Ephesians 5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
5. Withdraw thyself... 2 Thessalonians 3:6, "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us."
6. Turn away from them... 2 Timothy 3:5, "...Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
7. Receive them not... 2 John 10-11, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. " To our day false teachings are fostered by misplaced hospitality.
8. Have no company with him… 2 Thessalonians 3:14, "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed."
9. Reject them...Titus 3:10, "A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition, reject."
10. Be ye separate... 2 Corinthians 6:17, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you."

(Excerpt taken from Pastor John Walls message "What is helping to ruin America")


Blogger shadman said...

Happy birthday

13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thanks for the birthday wish... I appreciate you thinking of me!!!

6:32 PM  

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