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HOW TO DEAL WITH FALSE TEACHING

 

STUDY 5: UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT AND FINAL IMPACT OF FALSE TEACHING

© Copyright Rosemary Bardsley 2007

What the New Testament letters and Revelation teach about the present and final impact of false teaching is rather overwhelming. It is listed here with only minimal comment. The reader is strongly encouraged to look up the scripture references and study them in context.

Its impact on individuals and in the church:

In the New Testament letters and Revelation we learn the following about the impact of false teachers and their teaching on individuals [both believers and unbelievers] and in the church as a body:

The personal impact and implications of believing false teaching

We also learn what the impact of false teaching is from the perspective of the one impacted by it. To believe what they teach:

The final impact on the false teachers themselves:

Our contemporary mindset tells us not to be judgmental or critical, but Jesus and the apostles had no inhibitions about criticizing false teachers, nor about describing their ultimate condemnation:

In the New Testament letters and Revelation, the ultimate end of false teachers is also described:

Looking at all of the above evidence about the impact of false teachers and false teaching, the surprising thing is that the contemporary church and individual Christians are not more concerned about it than they are! What the above lists teach us should make us want not only to avoid false teaching like the plague, but also to protect others from it.

Yes. It will make us unpopular if we expose false teaching. We will be accused of being unloving, divisive and discriminatory. But it will demonstrate our allegiance to Christ, who is the truth, our affirmation of the New Testament perspective, in which all false teaching and false teachers are exposed and rejected, our unity with the New Testament apostles, and our bottom-line sacrificial love for our brothers and sisters for whom Christ died.