Tuesday, 24 January 2012
As I read through the epistles, I'm surprised how many times Paul mentions false teachers. He is concerned about them. He warns his readers to beware of them. John and Jude also share Paul's worries about Christians who don't preach the gospel.
However, for those of us who live today and are not pastors, I wonder what our role is. We want our friends to grow closer to God under good teaching. However, our friends sometimes get involved with churches that we disagree with.
If my friend is getting closer to God, but is not attending a church that I consider orthodox, what do I do? How can I explain to a friend that he should not attend a certain church because of that church's beliefs in the Trinity? I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Have you ever been in a similar situation? What do you say to a friend who you feel is following false teaching? How do we know when a church is preaching a false gospel?