Why Heretics Win Battles (John W. Robbins)

“Paul recognized doctrinal error quickly and acted swiftly to correct it. He wrote:

“But this [a problem over the preaching of the Gospel] occurred because of false
brethren…to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you” (Galatians 2:2-5). Paul did not put up with (“yield submission” to) error or those teaching error on the Gospel “even for an hour.” He was quick to recognize error and quick to correct it, so that “the truth of the Gospel might continue with you.”

“While his concern was doctrinal, it was not academic, for he did not tolerate those who were teaching error in the churches. He understood error, and he refused to tolerate the men who were teaching or abetting error in the churches.” (p. 2)

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Published in: on January 16, 2010 at 1:23 am  Comments Off on Why Heretics Win Battles (John W. Robbins)  

Cannibals in the Pulpit

We shouldn’t be surprised that dangerous false teachers can be very friendly. So can cannibals.

The only difference is that while cannibals devour flesh, false teachers devour souls.

Gary Hogg’s “Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice” gives an example of a particularly winsome group of cannibals: “He [Herbert Ward, who traveled the Congo] found, in addition to the cruelty and degradation, abundant good-humour—a quality that subsequent travellers and settlers have frequently mentioned.”[1] Ward writes,


Published in: on August 26, 2009 at 1:04 am  Comments Off on Cannibals in the Pulpit  
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Wolves Among You

John Piper notes how False Teachers come across as “nice guys.”

The American church is in crisis.

Employing smooth speech, flattery, and deceitful scheming, wolves in sheep’s clothing—enabled by hired hands posing as pastors and multitudes with itching ears—have infiltrated the flock en masse and seized control of much of the church’s doctrines, leadership, and pulpits.