Heart Attitudes: Attacking Teacher or Teaching?

Of course we are to stand against error, but how are we to do this? Do we have an attitude of: “Let me straighten you out.” or “You are a false teacher!” or “You are a compromiser!?” While some will never be open to Truth; others might be, if they were not “turned off” by a nasty confrontation. Whatever happened to “hate the sin, but love the sinner?” One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was: “Attack issues, but not character!” Nevertheless, even how we attack issues is a matter of concern. Statements like: “You are wrong!” puts people in a defensive mode. An approach like: “Have you really thought this through?” might be far more effective. I remember a Liberal minister once saying that Fundamentalists attacks were so harsh and unloving that it convinced him that he was right in his beliefs. Caring for someone, challenging them and being able to bring God’s Word to bear on the flaws in their beliefs, and doing so with patience and loving persuasion, may result in some being freed from  error. Paul may have had this in mind, in Titus 1:9, when he described pastoral responsibility (and ours) to Titus: “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” Explaining God’s Truth patiently and correctly, in a kind and concerned way, can bring sight to those blinded by error. In the hymn, “The Perfect Law,” we are reminded: “The law that the Lord has ordained is perfect, the soul to restore; His Truth makes the simple most wise, the Truth that is sure evermore. His precepts are righteous and just, rejoicing the heart and the mind; and all His commandments are pure, enlightening the eyes of the blind. The fear of the Lord is most clean, forever unmoved it has stood; His judgments are perfectly true, in all things most righteous and good. O who can his errors discern? From hidden faults, Lord, keep me free; let pride never reign in my heart, and clear of great sin I shall be.” Selah! Teach Truth with love and leave the results to God.   Ron

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