A few years ago I wrote an article about passive Christianity. This article has proven to be one of the most searched and read articles on the site. But I want to take the thoughts of that article to a deeper level because I think it is important that Christians understand that we are not simply to just lay down and let falsehood go unchecked.
I hear all the time the words ‘legalist’ or ‘Pharisee’ being tossed at anyone who would dare accuse someone or some organization of having bad theology. But is this truly the case? We are told that we are to love and that nothing else matters. Is that true? What does love even mean? Is it not possible to call out false teachings in love?
First let’s look at the Pharisees. Why did Jesus rebuke them? The Pharisees were teaching a doctrine of their own tradition. They had taken the Scriptures to a different level and added in their own rules and regulations that had no basis within the Scriputres but treated them the same. Jesus rebuked this practice as false teachings.
Matthew Chapter 23 shows Jesus going against these false teachings and practices and exposing them for what they were. He does this without apology. He is not nice about it. He is blunt, to the point, and forceful.
Compare the above example with John 2:13-25. This is the first of two examples where Jesus goes on a tirade in the temple for the sins of the leaders and moneychangers. Once again, he was forceful. He was not in any way passive.
Now I want to be clear, we are not talking about going to the unsaved who do not know the Lord or the Scriptures and immediately start lambasting them with doctrine. Absolutely not! This is for members, or professing members, of the body who are putting forth a false gospel and false doctrine. These teachings lead to death and must be dealt with.
Titus 1:9 is clear that we are to hold to the sound doctrines and rebuke those who contradict them. Verse 13 not only says to rebuke them, but to rebuke them sharply. This is not a nice Christianity. This is not passive.
Legalism is not the same as correction. We are called to correct and to teach sound doctrine. We are not to let heresy go unchallenged. Do not let anyone put you down for standing up for the true Christian faith. Stand strong and be courageous.