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The best way of dealing with heresy
From EJ Hill & Friends

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IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE BEST WAY OF CIRCUMVENTING HERESY IS BY
DRAWING PEOPLE'S ATTENTION AWAY FROM ITS PRESENCE, BY IGNORING IT. submit

"... the best way to deal with heresy is to draw attention away from it and not to it." - Matthew
Thomas Hogan [1]

My Response
Christ

If this was true, Christ surely set us a poor example. Not only did He draw the attention of others to heresy, but
also taught them to do likewise.

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7v15-16a, AKJV, p.424)

"How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should
beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he
bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the
Sadducees." (Mt. 16v11-12, AKJV, p.429)

"Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive
him." (Lk. 17v3, AKJV, p.461)

Paul

Paul did the same.

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the
doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Rom. 16v17, AKJV, p.504)

"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty
which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by
subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you." (Gal. 2v4-5,
AKJV, p.516)

"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear." (1 Tim. 5v20, AKJV, p.527)

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are
good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of

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godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which
creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres
withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the
faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also
was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity,
patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what
persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly
in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast
been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known
the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works." (2 Tim. 3v1-17, AKJV, p.529)

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine." (2 Tim. 4v2, AKJV, p.529)

"This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not
giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth." (Tit. 1v13-14,
AKJV, p.530)

"These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." (Tit. 2v15,
AKJV, p.530)

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among
you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and
bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of
whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned
words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their
damnation slumbereth not." (2 Pt. 2v1-3, AKJV, p.540)

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false
prophets are gone out into the world." (1 Jn. 4v1, AKJV, p.542)

Conclusion

Biblically, the best way to deal with heresy is to challenge it head-on.

"All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

Bibliography
1
Matthew Thomas Hogan; Facebook Message (26 April 2008). (28/04/2008) http://www.facebook.com
/profile.php?id=709653455

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