Dealing with those who err in doctrine

I have endeavored to hold the words of Paul to Timothy close to my heart and use them as a guide in my life. I believe that people will go wrong on occasion and that they need to be confronted with the truth of God’s Word and given space to repent and turn to the right way.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

When a person rejects the truth and continues in the way of error, the brother has a responsibility to act according to the Scriptures. Anyone that preaches or teaches that the efficacy of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is exclusive only for the preordained to life is preaching another gospel than that which was delivered in the Word of God.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
1 Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Those that preach another gospel are, according the apostle Paul, corrupters and should not be accommodated but should be confronted. The Lord gave instruction in the right way to confront a brother in the church. The same consideration is to be given to any member, from the pastor to any other in the church. This is noted by comparing Matthew 18:15-17 with 1 Timothy 5:17-19.

1 Timothy 5:17-19 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

The church must recognize that the doctrinal error will continue from one doctrine to another unless the membership accepts their responsibility to stand for the truth. The perversion of doctrine can be seen by those who hold to the confessions of faith known as the London Confession, the Westminster Confession, and the Philadelphia Confession. (Please note the article on this blog dealing with the confessions). These confessions clearly contradict the Word of God.
In the situation where one has come into the church confessing to believe the Articles of Faith and has since changed their confession, they should either repent or leave. The offending member should not endeavor to change the church but should seek to join with a church of agreeable (although false) doctrine.

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About sjbjburke

I am an evangelist that enjoys Bible study and I look forward to posting outlines and receiving helpful comments. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in 2010 and we enjoy serving the Lord together.
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One Response to Dealing with those who err in doctrine

  1. pastorjburke says:

    I agree limited atonement is a heresy that leads to further doctrinal decay. When a pastor changes his beliefs, it is very painful and confusing for the church, but it is especially important that the church act decisively to stand for the Scripture, as the potential for damage to the work of God is so great. It is vital that those members who recognize the heresy remain in the church and help deal with the issue rather than abandoning the weaker members to continue to be deceived. As a pastor, I believe it would be deceptive of me to teach something different from what I knew the church believed when I came.

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