Are Christians Called To Love and

Respect False Teachers?

We have already emphasised that Christians are taught to love their neighbours, even to the extent of loving their enemies. Christians should therefore love homosexuals enough to show them respect and friendship and to eagerly desire that they too experience the embrace of God. That is not because practising homosexuals are enemies, simply because they are neighbours – people in need of the gospel. But does the same hold true for false teachers? To an extent, yes. False teachers are also people in need of the gospel. However, because of the dire consequences of their teaching, no faithful church can sit by and allow it to continue. Indeed, the Bible teaches that strong action is required. There is nothing in the Bible that suggests false teachers are to be treated with respect. The closest example might be the word “gently” in 2 Timothy 2:25-26. 2 Timothy 2:25-26 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. The other words in those verses are strong. They will not allow for an interpretation that says that false teachers are to be respected, even though the Christians’ response is to be gentle. Apparently, every New Testament book but one talks about false teachers. This is a major and a very serious issue. It is not adequate to simply shrug one’s shoulders. Action is required. Those in church leadership are subject to far higher levels of accountability. James 3:1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. Clearly teachers carry greater responsibility because of their ability to influence (and, potentially, mislead) others. God takes that very seriously. In an atmosphere that values political correctness, it is unusual for a church to take a strong, biblical stand, but the damage being done to the church requires it. Soft-peddling on this issue has seen the church brought to its knees. It is time to act in the way God prescribes. We neglect His ways to our own peril.

Related pages

© 2017 Peter Cheyne
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
Main sections Main sections

Are Christians Called

To Love and Respect

False Teachers?

We have already emphasised that Christians are taught to love their neighbours, even to the extent of loving their enemies. Christians should therefore love homosexuals enough to show them respect and friendship and to eagerly desire that they too experience the embrace of God. That is not because practising homosexuals are enemies, simply because they are neighbours – people in need of the gospel. But does the same hold true for false teachers? To an extent, yes. False teachers are also people in need of the gospel. However, because of the dire consequences of their teaching, no faithful church can sit by and allow it to continue. Indeed, the Bible teaches that strong action is required. There is nothing in the Bible that suggests false teachers are to be treated with respect. The closest example might be the word “gently” in 2 Timothy 2:25-26. 2 Timothy 2:25-26 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. The other words in those verses are strong. They will not allow for an interpretation that says that false teachers are to be respected, even though the Christians’ response is to be gentle. Apparently, every New Testament book but one talks about false teachers. This is a major and a very serious issue. It is not adequate to simply shrug one’s shoulders. Action is required. Those in church leadership are subject to far higher levels of accountability. James 3:1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. Clearly teachers carry greater responsibility because of their ability to influence (and, potentially, mislead) others. God takes that very seriously. In an atmosphere that values political correctness, it is unusual for a church to take a strong, biblical stand, but the damage being done to the church requires it. Soft-peddling on this issue has seen the church brought to its knees. It is time to act in the way God prescribes. We neglect His ways to our own peril.

Related pages

© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
Site Menu Site Menu