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Is It Right: To Judge, To Expose Error, & To Name Names?

By Pastor E.L. Bynum

Many today believe that it is wrong to expose error and to name names. Liberals have always seemed to believe this, but in recent times it has been widely espoused by evangelicals and Charismatics. Now we are seeing the same fatal error being declared by those who profess to be Bible believing fundamentalists. Those who are faithful in exposing error according to the Bible are now being widely denounced, and are accused of being unloving and unkind. In this tract we intend to present the teaching of the Bible on this vital subject.

I. It Is Right To Practice Biblical Judgment

One of the most misused verses in the Bible is, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1). Every Scripture verse should be read in its context, if we are to properly understand the true meaning. In vs. 2-5 of this same chapter it is evident that v.1 is referring to hypocritical judgment. A brother who has a beam in his own eye should not be judging the brother who may have a mote in his eye. The lesson is plain, you cannot judge another for his sin if you are guilty of the same sin.

Those who cling to “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” to condemn those who expose error should read the entire chapter. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing…” (v.15). How can we know false prophets unless we judge them by the Word of God? If we know the false prophets, how can we fail to warn the sheep of these “ravening wolves?” All through the Bible we find proof that they should be identified and exposed.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit” (vs.16,17). Did the Lord mean that we could not judge the tree (person), by the fruit of their life and doctrine? Certainly not, for you cannot know without judging. All judgment should be on the basis of Bible teaching, not according to whims or prejudices.

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24). Here our Lord commands that we are to “judge righteous judgment,” which is judgment based upon the Word of God. …

II. It Is Right To Expose False Teachers

False teachers are free to spread their poisonous doctrines today because there is a conspiracy of silence among many Bible believers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are thus enabled to ravage the flock, thereby destroying many.

John the Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious leaders of his day) “a generation of vipers” (snakes) (Matthew 3:7). Today, he would be accused of being unloving, unkind, and unchristian. …

Standing face to face with these false teachers, Jesus Christ the son of God, called them “hypocrites,” “blind guides,” “blind,” “whited sepulchres,” “serpents,” and “ye generation of vipers” (Matthew 23:23-34). …

The Bible Admonishes Us To Expose Error

We are to TRY them. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1st John 4:1). All doctrine and teachers are to be tried according to the Word of God.  …

We are to MARK them and AVOID them. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). …

We are to REBUKE them. “Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13). …

III. It is Right To Name Names

Many mistakenly believe that it is wrong to expose error and to name the guilty teachers; but they are wrong according to the Bible.

Paul named Peter publicly. …

Paul named Demas for loving the world. …

Paul named Hymenaeus and Alexander. Paul told Timothy to “war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaesus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme” (1st Timothy 1:18-20). …

Paul named Hymenaeus and Philetus. He told Timothy to “study” that he might be able to “rightly” divide “the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker….

Paul named Alexander the coppersmith. “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words” (2nd Timothy 4:14-15). It is clear that this is not a personality problem, but a doctrinal problem. Alexander had withstood the words and doctrine of Paul. …

John named Diotrephes. …

In fact, the whole Bible abounds in examples of false prophets being named and exposed. All this modern day talk about love, used as an excuse for not exposing error, is not really biblical love but is really sloppy agape. …

Jude exposed “the error of Balaam” (Jude 11). John exposed “the doctrine of Balaam….

It seems to be believed by many that some people are too high and mighty to be named or exposed. Men in high places, pastors of large churches, and those with great radio of TV audiences, are supposedly above criticism. Whatever they may do or say, no matter how contrary to the Bible it may be, is supposedly all right. Nothing could be further from the truth. …

Yes, it is right to expose error and to name those who are in error. It is right to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). It was once delivered and it has never been recalled for revision. We had better beware of “false teacher…who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (2nd Peter 2:1). Faithful messengers will warn the sheep of these heretics, and identify them by name. It is not enough to broadly hint of their identity, for the young lambs will not understand and will be destroyed by the wolves.

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2 thoughts on “Is It Right: To Judge, To Expose Error & To Name Names? — Those who are faithful in exposing error according to the Bible are now being widely denounced, and are accused of being unloving and unkind

  1. As a bible reader saved by grace I base my believing on this foundation God is the same His word never changes,Jesus says if you love me keep my commandments So every thing writtern then is the same today.So the things I look for in a church do they keep Pauls instruction.Like Do women
    cover there heads and men not Do they obey as to Timothy etc Do you realalise at every instruction in the new testament has been taken away except love which is the power of the AntiChrist will use.I have listened to the pre rapture people, not once have I heard them quote 2nd Thess 2
    which is plain as one can get. Also as to the gifts been done away with read
    1 cor, Verse 7, Can,t get any plainer In His name Kevin Kendell

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    1. Kevin,

      Thanks for sharing your ideas! I’ve been thinking a lot about what you said, for I also believe that whatever the New Testament says goes — unless there was a cultural reason, instead of a deeper foundational reason, like the nature of man and woman, the way God made us.

      I would also add: when Jesus commands us to love God with all of our heart, is it then okay to love God with just a little bit of our heart, which is probably the norm, today?

      The lack of obeying what the Holy Spirit says in the Bible and to us directly is sending the majority to hell, is keeping the Third Great Awakening from happening, and is destroying the US, which is required to bring in Satan’s New World Order.

      Only 2.5% of people are going to heaven, if the number is indeed still this high:

      How Many Will Be in Heaven? How Many are Finding the WAY? Only 1 in 40 — 2.5%?!!

      We need to get back to the basics, to fully do everything within Christ’s safe guardrails:

      The Safety Zone: “It’s not a fence, it’s a guardrail!” — Demons lie at the door and wait for us to jump God’s loving and protective guardrails

      If this also really does include headcoverings? Yeeeeeeks! But what if long hair isn’t what Paul was referring to. That’s what I’ve always thought, but I read an article which says that headcoverings demonstrate submission to Christ, and that long hair has to do with glory.

      It’s not an issue that I’ve thoroughly studied or prayed about, but I’ll certainly be thinking and praying about this issue more. I’ve always thought long enough hair satisfied this. And it’s clear that power-over women, including women preachers and lesbians like short hair — which is in defiance to God and to what Paul clearly stated.

      “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”

      Women’s hair is beautiful! Why would they want to cut it off? But today, many ‘Christian’ women don’t even think exposing their breasts is going too far. I wrote:

      The Low-Cut Top Epidemic: May We Be Holy

      God’s guidelines are our safety zone to help us be demon free, so we will love God with ALL of our heart, and our neighbors as ourselves.

      The days are so dark and evil that in order to make it everything needs to be put back on the table: even perhaps head coverings.

      Yikes! Yeeeeeks!

      Thanks for challenging me on this!

      May we obey God no matter what, running our races to win — like Paul!!!

      …not giving the Devil a place.

      Thanks! And feel free to share again if your heart leads.

      Jeff : )

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