Bible Will I Find:
Marking Those In Error By Name?
By: Gary Colley
Some have become weakened in their faith today. They no longer stand against false teachers or false teaching. These even condemn those who do condemn and mark by name publicly
(Romans 16:16-18). It is sad when these make their own "laws" that condemn both Jesus and the apostles who marked false teachers publicly. Some allow error and false teachers take advantage of unsuspecting young people and even older Christians. The Bible is very plain about this matter, and the instructions of Paul to Timothy applies and those instructions can be found throughout the remainder of this edition of this article. "As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, no whereof they affirm" (I Timothy 1:3-7). "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth" (I Timothy 4:1-3). "This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes" (II Timothy 1:15). "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their work will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymeneus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure . . ." (II Timothy 2:16-19). "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood MOses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (II Timothy 3:5-8). "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world . . ." (II Timothy 4:10).
[This article was placed here in July 2001.]