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How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369737] Sun, 13 January 2008 12:03 Go to next message
Sue C  is currently offline Sue C
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Dealing with false teachers[ 8 vote(s) ]
1.none of my business; God will take care of things. 0 / 0%
2.speak out against them on my own. 4 / 50%
3.speak out against them when asked for my opinion. 4 / 50%

"False" to some might mean inaccurate (?) understanding of the Bible. How do you divide the two, and are your actions different?

Some different scenarios:
a tele-evangelist
a local pastor
a leader in the national homeschooling movement
a local homeschooling leader

Would it make a difference if it was local or not?

Thanks.


Sue

Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369751 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 12:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura in VA  is currently offline Laura in VA
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I said I'd speak out alone...but keep in mind that I really have no that listens other than my own family...and my purpose for saying something to help train my DD's to recognize false teaching...and to show that even though someone 'sounds' like they know what they're talking about, and even though they have a big fancy tv show...doesn't mean they're preaching the God of the Bible we read Wink

I'll also voice my opinion if someone asks me...or goes on about how they enjoy someone that I have issues with. And alot of times it's little things. I have a good friend who likes a certain TV preacher. I watched him for awhile...even liked it...but it soon became clear he didn't preach the whole counsel of God...just the happy feel good stuff...and that doesn't cut it for me. When she brought him up in conversation I was able to point this out to her...and thru prayer she realized the reason she was wanting to hear his messages was because she was having a big pride/sin issue...and she didn't want to hear anyone say something that might make her deal with it. We dealt with it some...and she has gone to God and things are much different now...Praise God.


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

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Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369760 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 13:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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I didn't answer the poll, because my response would fall into all three, depending on the circumstance.

For "non-local" folks like televangelists or national leaders, I obviously don't have their ear, and approaching them personally isn't really an option. So I might pray for them, and for their eyes to be opened and for their audiences to be protected from their teachings. We discuss lots of that stuff at home, for the same reason as Laura...to teach our children to recognize false teaching, and to teach them not to be impressed with worldly credentials if what is taught doesn't match the Word of God.

For "non-local" folks, I would also speak against them when asked or when they come up for discussion in group settings, etc. Sometimes it spurs me on to check someone out. Some women on CHF have mentioned a certain prominent speaker that I had reason to believe was a false teacher, but I hadn't really listened. I recently downloaded a sermon and plan to listen to it on my mp3 player in the near future to make some determinations on my own.

For pastors, it would depend. We're attending a huge church now, and the pastor doesn't know us from Adam. For various reasons, we haven't joined the church, and thus, I don't know that I would (or actually dh) confront him. If led by the Spirit, obviously, but more likely, we'd just move on to another church. It would depend on whether it was truly a dangerous *false* teaching or just what we would consider a misinterpretation of scripture. We'd go in a spirit of humbleness to clarify, etc.

The reason we're in search of a permanent church is that our previous pastor was not careful with the Word, and was moving the church in a direction that we felt was unbiblical. In this case, due to our relationship, and the fact that Brad was a volunteer staff member, etc., Brad did confront him, and actually gained his agreement that Brad was, in fact, going by biblical teaching. But then he kept veering off what he said. Ultimately, after about 18 months of continual dialog, we felt God's release from that church, and moved on without apparently doing much good. Only God knows what will come of this year and a half of discussion.

So, for me/us, it all depends on the relationship and the circumstances as to what we say and do. Prayer is always a first line of defense against false teachings, etc.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369771 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 14:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kate Megill  is currently offline Kate Megill
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Didn't vote because my choice wasn't there.

I would speak out whenever I heard someone speaking about it or if someone I knew were being deceived by it. I don't see that it PERSONALLY my place to go around publically speaking out against false teachers, although I do think there are some called by God to do just that.

I feel my place is more to teach truth through the Word rather than going around preaching against false teachers.


In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369806 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 15:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In most cases the first thing I would need to do would be some research - many "different" interpretations may be quite valid, but new to me. The most confronting new interpretations I met when I started at Bible college! I would not start by ssuming that I am right and everyone else is wrong.

If it was just an alternative interpretation I would only talk about it if the subject came up. IMO differences of interpretation are quite different from false teaching.

If I really as convinced that it was wrong/false, I would stay away from it and encourage everyone I knew also to stay away from it. Depending on the circumstances I might make some kind of statement about it, but I'm not really going to butt heads against major organizations on my own.


Your sister in Christ,

Elizabby

Evie is six, Zoe is four, and Benji is two!

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Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369833 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 17:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Haven't read the other messages yet, but we spoke out against them on our own. We went right to the source and pointed out their errors. We eventually left the church because, while they seemed receptive, it turned out not to be the case. The falsehood was exposed, and in a very big way. We weren't the only ones approaching the leadership about it either. It was the most difficult experience of my church-going life, since I was on staff and still have some very deep ties there.


Teri in AZ

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Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369853 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 17:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
~Janice  is currently offline ~Janice
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This might sound weird but how do you decide who is a false teacher and who just strays from your comfort zone? I mean doctrinally? Maybe they aren't false but presenting a new idea (not new to God but new to our culture)?

If it were a very, very obvious situation - such as a preacher saying that Jesus is not the Son of God, He did not raise from the dead, then I would be very bold and present my case (by using scripture) to all who would listen.

I wouldn't consider the few televangelist I've seen to be "false"; instead I would consider them watered down and focusing on the minor issues not the major ones.

I also do not hesitate to share my opinion with those who ask when dealing with "leaders" who veer way off course. We have a local homeschool leader who I (and others) are wary of because of some of his views on family. They tend to be very legalistic and leave many feeling condemned. To me that's not healthy but I wouldn't consider him "false" just "off-base".





[Updated on: Sun, 13 January 2008 17:58]


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Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369856 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 18:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Interestingly, I took it as if the question only addressed false teachers and not different interpretations.

I think differing interpretations need to be dealt with much more grace than false teachers.

If we're dealing with different interpretations and someone asks me about it, I wouldn't say more than, "I don't agree with that interpretation," and perhaps share from scripture as to why I don't, should conversation progress that far.

Either way, I typically would only deal with things on a personal level. I mean, there are some televangelists that I believe are false teachers (and we're not allowed to name names, so I won't), but I'm not going to invest in tv broadcasting time to try to refute it, unless God clearly calls and provides the means. Ya know? But I can talk with my friends about why I see a problem with his teaching and what the Bible says.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369857 is a reply to message #369737 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 18:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If someone asks my opinion about someone on tv or maybe someone I don't know, I'll do research and give an answer to the person who asked.

If I was in a church where I personally heard false doctrine, dh and I would talk about it and he would make the approach according to what he thought best. However, if someone at church spoke false teaching personally to me, I would speak to them about it--even in a small group. If they continued to teach that same concept, we'd be back to dh making the approach. I definitely would not sit under someone who taught contrary to Scripture, and I would not be at all ashamed to speak up about it.

I see some difference between speaking up and creating dissention, so if there is the possibility about some debate on the issue, I'll leave it alone and guard my heart. I'll definitely speak up about blood atonement, but when it comes to other areas where different interpretations are possible, that's where I'm careful about sowing discord.

[Updated on: Sun, 13 January 2008 18:07]


Leigh
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Re: How do you personally deal with false teachers? [message #369861 is a reply to message #369857 ] Sun, 13 January 2008 18:21 Go to previous message
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Leigh wrote on Sun, 13 January 2008 17:04


.... so if there is the possibility about some debate on the issue, I'll leave it alone and guard my heart.



I like how you put this Leigh. That's really important to do.


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