Combating False Teaching: The Essential Duty of Pastors in Defending the Church

“It is a two-fold duty for every pastor to study the Scriptures: not only to properly shepherd the flock of Christ but also to defend against wolves in sheep’s clothing, false teachers who seek to lead the faithful astray. This is an important duty and one that should not be neglected.”

(The Dissenter) As a faithful steward of the gospel, it is the sacred duty of every pastor to combat the proliferation of false doctrine within the church. This is the urgent exhortation the Apostle Paul gave to his young protégé Timothy in the opening verses of the first epistle bearing his name….

The book of 1 Timothy serves as a guide for pastors on how to lead and organize a church, and how to qualify and appoint overseers, all in light of the gospel. The Pastoral Epistles, 1 Timothy, and Titus are invaluable for pastoral training as it provides clear instruction on how to lead the church and defend against false teachers.

In his first letter to Timothy, before delving into any other pastoral duties, Paul’s primary concern is the threat of heresy. He does not lead with instructions on how to perform acts of mercy or funeral services but rather instructs Timothy on the importance of rebuking those who would spread false doctrine. View article →


Are You Armed For Battle? By Marsha West

CRN’s homepage contains a list of professing Christians to keep an eye on. Scroll down to WARNING. The list contains those to mark and avoid (Rom 16:17-18), many of whom are false teachers.

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