Sunday, September 28, 2008

What the Bible Says About a Godly Attitude Toward Heresy

In these days of theological confusion and ecclesiastical compromise, what is the Biblical position for an Fundamentalist to assume toward heretics and false religious teachers? Are we to patronize them, send them converts, add to their prestige, follow their leadership, identify our churches with them, and 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 are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
  2. Mark them - Rom. 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 - Tit. 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
  4. Have no fellowship - Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
  5. Withdraw thyself - 2 Thes. 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 he received of us.
  6. 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.
  7. Have no company with him - 2 Thes. 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.
  8. Reject them - Tit. 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
  9. Be ye separate - 2 Cor. 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,

Written by Dr. G. Archer Weniger

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5 Comments:

Blogger Sis. Julie said...

Amen!!

I'm sorry I haven't been by in a while. I've not been visiting much of anywhere concerning blogs. I've done what I shouldn't do with all that is going on in our family...I have pulled away from the Lord lately as well as my brothers and sisters in Christ. But I'm back and God is teaching me many things in and through what we are going through.

I'm glad to see you are still posting and sharing what God gives you with others.

11:13 PM  
OpenID lbcpastor said...

That's real good, brother!!!

Thank you for posting it!

I pray we all can follow what God says in these verses...

Lord bless!

12:01 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sis. Julie,

We all go through those valleys from time to time... Satan will use circumstances to pull us away, when we should realize just as well that God is teaching us through those circumstances and is wanting us to draw closer to him; but as humans, we tend to go that other way. We are praying for you and your family!!!

LBCPastor,

Thanks for stopping by and giving an encouraging comment to all of us Bible-believing Christians!!!

6:13 PM  
Blogger Jerry Bouey said...

I wish more professing Christians would take and apply those verses and separate from false teachings and false teachers. Instead, most just embrace them or at least have the attitude that they are all just variant views of real Christianity. Gets discouraging when you butt heads with someone like that - until you see the few brethren standing solidly for the truth. Glad there are still some of us out there. God always has a remnant.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bro. Jerry,

Anyone who disagrees with the steps outlined for this topic is simply either biblically illiterate or not a true Bible believer!!!

Thanks for stopping by....

6:57 PM  

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