Practicing Discernment and Marking False Teachers is Not ‘Casting Stones,’ It’s an Act of Love

“While our hope is always for repentance, our first duty is to defend the Church and the gospel entrusted to her by marking and avoiding those who wreak havoc among her.”

(The Dissenter) In the biblical narrative of John 8:7, we find an account of a woman caught in the act of adultery. The religious leaders of the day, eager to test Jesus, brought the woman before Him and asked if she should be stoned according to the Law of Moses. Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, responded with the now-famous words, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”…

Convicted by their own conscience, the accusers left one by one, and the woman was spared.

Whether or not this passage was part of the original text has been a subject of debate among scholars for centuries, yet that is irrelevant. While this passage still beautifully illustrates the mercy and compassion of Jesus, it is often misused and misinterpreted in today’s world, particularly in discussions surrounding the addressing of false teachers and their teachings. Some argue that “casting stones” in the form of words, reasoning, and Scripture is tantamount to physically harming them, and therefore, we must refrain from doing so. However, this dangerous comparison ultimately leads people astray and is not an accurate understanding of John 8:7. View article →


Research: Discernment

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)


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