Should we call out a false teacher?

Should we call out a false teacher?

Should we call out a false teacher?

To answer this question, we first need to answer two questions.

1- What makes someone a false teacher? Jesus says in Matthew 24 that in the last days, false teachers will come to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. So a false teacher is someone who is intentionally leading people astray. It’s not someone you don’t agree with, it’s not someone in a different denomination than you, it’s not someone who believes differently than you, etc… No one is the final authority of scripture, we all see through a mirror dimly. (1 Cor 13:12)

2- When we say “call out,” we are saying to warn others to stay away! If they are truly a false teacher, as defined above, then yes, we should all avoid them. But if it’s just someone we don’t agree with, then we are judging. The Bible talks about judging a lot. The correct way and the wrong way. One thing we all can agree on is when someone is speaking for God, in this case, warning to stay away from someone, and yes, that is speaking for God. Because if it’s not, then you are judging based on you and not the leading of the HS. In which case, you should be avoided. So with the assumption you are judging through the leading of the HS, you will be held accountable to that by God. No one can deny that God does not hold accountable those who speak for Him. Isn’t that the entire point of calling people out? To say they are misleading people from God and should be held accountable? This works both ways, and the person calling them out will be judged by God as well.

With these two questions answered and going back to the original one asked, the answer is still yes! We should call out and warn about false teachers.
I pray this helps!

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