Question: Where is the edification in focusing on error? |

TBC Staff

Question: I know that false faiths abound, but I don’t find edification in focusing on error. Show me in the Word where false doctrine is explained. It seems to me that the Bible addresses Satan’s lies without going into detail of the actual practices.

Response: We at TBC take no pleasure in exposing and documenting false dogmas and practices. We do so only to expose error, out of deep concern for souls. Yes, there are many kind, compassionate, and self-sacrificing Muslims who oppose terrorism. Yes, the Roman Catholic Church was the major charitable institution during the Middle Ages, often promoting morality and education—and most Catholics today do not know most of Rome’s official dogmas—but they still rely upon that Church and its clergy to get them out of “purgatory” and into heaven. Yes, many Mormons and Moonies espouse “traditional morals.” We do not oppose individuals but the largely false gospels they preach.

You ask for biblical support concerning the exposure of evil and false doctrines. The Bible gives much insight concerning Satan’s fall (Isaiah:14:12-15; Ezekiel:28:12-18), the details of his temptation of Eve (Genesis:3:1-7), and of his attempt to destroy Job’s trust in and relationship with God (Job:1:1-2:7). There are too many accounts of idolatry and pagan practices and warnings against them to list all the verses (Leviticus:19:31; 20:1-6; Deuteronomy:18:9-14; Isaiah:47:8-13, etc.). The Bible goes into great detail concerning the apostasy of Israel, telling the sins of its kings and people, from the golden calf (Exodus:32:1-28) to the Queen of Heaven (Jeremiah:44:15-23); and again, there are too many references to list.

Most of the epistles were written to combat heretical teachings that crept into the early church. False doctrine is explained thoroughly and repeatedly. Almost the entire book of Galatians is devoted to describing and combating a false gospel. To “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3) must include pointing out what is wrong with the counterfeit. Christ himself did so, explaining in detail the evil practices and false teachings of the rabbis (Matthew:15:1-20; 23:2-33, etc.). Our exposure of error is moderate in comparison to Stephen’s indictment of the Jews (Acts:7:39-43, 51-53). And considering the fact that Paul, out of concern for the coming apostasy, for “three years…ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Acts:20:31), we could hardly be accused of extremism in our earnest attempts to point out what is wrong in order for the truth to be understood more clearly by comparison. Our motive is to rescue souls from eternal doom.