David Koresh was a cult leader from the 1990’s who believed that he was the Messiah and had unlocked the seven seals of revelation. He also taught that the final battle of Armageddon was approaching and, as a result, his followers began to stockpile weapons in a military compound in Waco, Texas. This led to an investigation by the FBI and a 51 day stand-off that resulted in the deaths of 76 people, including Koresh himself who committed suicide.
The point is that false teachers can be deadly and dangerous. Follow the wrong man, and you could end up anywhere. Go down the wrong road, and you could fall over a cliff. David Koresh is one example of this but there are others. One could simply mention the name of Jim Jones, Charles Manson, and Marshall Applewhite to mention a few more.
But the question is: What should we do with them? How do we handle the false teachers that come into the church? How do get them out of the house of God and away from God’s people? Paul answers those questions in Titus 1:10-11:
For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.
Paul says that the way to deal with false teachers in the church is to silence them. The way to get them out of the house of God is to remove their ability to speak to us. They want to lead us away from the truth. They want an audience to speak to, so we have to respond in kind by not giving them one. This is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.
This is the unpleasant side of ministry. This is the unpleasant side of church life. This Sunday morning at 9:30 we are going to talk about false teachers. As we continue our studies in the Book of Titus, we are going to look at what Paul says about dealing with those who would like to harm the church. If you would like to join us, we meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and an appetite for the truth. We are looking at a difficult passage this week, but I believe it is essential to our growth and protection in Christ. I look forward to seeing you there! - Jeremy Cagle