By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
Refuting false teaching a better pastoral option than trying to get rid of false teachers. Deal with false teaching through the faithful teaching of God's truth, not with meanness and pride, but with love and gentleness, in the hope that we might win the opponent for Christ.
Why is refuting false teaching a better pastoral option than trying to get rid of false teachers? Discuss 2 Timothy 2:23-26. How can this be done in practice? What possible problems do you anticipate?
Why is refuting false teaching a better pastoral option than trying to get rid of false teachers?
Summary of Part Two: Useful to Christ 
Our usefulness to the Lord also depends on how we handle those who oppose us and those who do not know Christ. We must see those who are trapped in sin and falsehood through God's eyes, and see that they too need salvation. In our ministry we must seek to hate the sin and love the sinner, hate the heresy but love the heretic. We must not respond with the politics of power but with the ministry of truth, seeking not so much to get rid of the opposition but to deal with false teaching through the faithful teaching of God's truth, not with meanness and pride, but with love and gentleness, in the hope that we might win the opponent for Christ. Such a Christ minister would be greatly used by the Lord, and such a ministry of Christian leadership will bring honour to the Lord.
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There were false teachers promoting dangerous heresies in the church. Paul had already warned Timothy about them in his first epistle. Apparently, the problem did not go away and could have been the cause of Timothy's "tears" (2 Timothy 1:4) , and Paul had to re-address the issue and urge Timothy to deal with the danger, perhaps with greater boldness and firmness. Was Timothy to get rid of the opposition? We saw earlier Augustine's point about the wheat and the weeds based on the teachings of Christ. Simply getting rid of the opposition would not be the solution because there is a tendency for a leader to descend into politics if he pursues that path.
PHOTO: There were false teachers promoting dangerous heresies in the church. Paul had to re-address the issue and urge Timothy to deal with the danger, perhaps with greater boldness and firmness. Simply getting rid of the opposition would not be the solution because there is a tendency for a leader to descend into politics if he pursues that path.
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Paul offers a better pastoral strategy. The solution is not to dispose of the false teachers or those who opposed Timothy, but to challenge their false teaching by the preaching of sound doctrine and being an example of Christlikeness to the flock. Paul offers a perspective that makes ir clear that those who oppose and stand in our way are also people who need God's salvation. Whatever we do to resist their false teaching must not result in their destruction but hopefully in their salvation.
PHOTO: Paul offers a better pastoral strategy. The solution is not to dispose of the false teachers or those who opposed Timothy, but to challenge their false teaching by the preaching of sound doctrine and being an example of Christlikeness to the flock.
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PHOTO: The main events and figures of the early stages of French Protestantism: from Jean Calvin, to Henri IV, including Clément Marot and Ambroise Paré. It reveals the expansion of Protestantism in France up to the Wars of Religion that shattered the Kingdom at the end of the 16th century.
The Reformation did not first appear in France but in Germany. In 1517, a monk, Martin Luther, denounced the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church in 95 theses that caused quite a sensation. Thanks to the development of printing, the proposals for reform circulated all over Europe. They were readily accepted in France amongst scholars who openly criticised the Church and advocated a renewed reading of the Gospel.
Sadly this was the case when there was mutual slaughtering in the aftermath of the Reformation in the 16th century that led to the bloody Thirty Years War in Europe in the 17th century. The elimination of opponents rather than the persistent teaching of sound doctrine would often led to bloody "catastrophic".
Texts from Introduction to the Reform in the 16th century (Virtual Museum of Protestantism) - http://www.museeprotestant.org/en/parcours/parcours-dinitiation-a-la-reforme-au-xvie-siecle/
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PHOTO: Those who flee from sin and pursue holiness are those who seek to do God's will. All others, by default, end up doing Satan's will. Whether we are pursuing sinful desires of the flesh or worldly desires of popularity, power, materialism and self-indulgence, we are doing the devil's will. Those who think they are free to do whatever they desire are in fact prisoners of Satan.
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Paul saw those who opposed Timothy's faithful teaching ministry (and thus by proxy, the ministry of Paul) as sinners and captives of Satan who needed to be saved and freed from the clutches of the devil. He hoped that "they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil". It is this perspective that shaped Paul's suggestion of how to handle the opposition.
PHOTO: Paul saw those who opposed Timothy's faithful teaching ministry as sinners and captives of Satan who needed to be saved and freed from the clutches of the devil. He hoped that "they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil".
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Paul warned Timothy that in his fight against false teaching in the church, he should be careful not to become like the false teachers in his method, manner, or motive. If they wanted to fight in the boxing ring, Timothy should challenge them differently - with Christlike kindness. He is not to get into their boxing ring and fight like they do. Paul reminded Timothy: "Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful" (2 Timothy 2:23-24). The word "stupid" is translated from the Greek apaideutos, meaning uninstructed and ill-informed. Meaningless and useless debates are often stirred by those who do not know enough! It seems true that ignorance makes the quarrel louder and that "empty vessels make the most noise".
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PHOTO: The best outcome is where there are long-term positive results: not only is the faithful pastor saved to become a model of godliness, his church members are also saved from falling prey to dangerous doctrines and wrong lifestyles by being well-grounded in God's Word; most amazing of all, the heretical teachers themselves may be saved. The church would then not be a hothouse for bruising and ugly political battles but a temple where God's truth and splendour prevail.
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I think we forget sometimes that Paul was one of those he is warning us about. If Saul of Tarsus were alive today would we think he was finally and ultimately condemned already? Would anyone pray for the salvation of a person who hated Jesus and His church that much? Would we pray for one who used the name of God to mislead the masses as he and his group did? [3a]
I am a pastor of a very small church (attendance about 15). Every time I try to point out the differences of what people believe, one church member says I am being judgmental. (You should hear the way he says it.)
Several years ago when the Southern Baptist Convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, they sent material for us to teach our church members what Mormons really believe.
One deacon told me that I was being divisive and he did not want to hear about other religions. he said he did not want all that "Greek and hebrew stuff." "Just preach the Word," he said. "That's how you preach the word," I said. Now that deacon is pastoring another church.
Another woman left my current church because I was doing a series on the doctrines that Baptists believe. She said she would come back when I quit preaching doctrine. She said that she already had her own doctrine. She did, and it was off the wall. She has never come back and I haven't changed my preaching. [3b]
Be sure you understand the difference between the burden placed on Leaders and the exhortations to members.
In general - Members aren't in authority to Rebuke leaders openly, and especially not to unseat them. Doing so tends to fan flames of division - and that brings on a whole new set of problems along with very strong Scriptural admonitions. Absolutely - you should go to a leader in private and talk with them on points where you feel there is error. If it goes past that - you should consider following the exhortation to Flee such leaders.
Leaders HAVE a burden assigned to them that they are to root out false teachers and wolves. It's not a suggestion - it's an actual requirement. If you look at John's post - he specifically states the responsibility is on Leaders. Leaders who refuse to do such are held personally responsible before God himself. [3c]
Give some specific examples of things (1) that "are leading people away from the gospel and causing serious division" and (2) where there is "disagreement among faithful Bible teachers" (to use your phrases).
I think we're both agreed that the labels false teacher and false teaching only apply to major departures from the gospel. I've been trying to argue this in several recent comments, as I get the impression that many people think almost any area of disagreement merits the false teaching label. I was once like that and it was a difficult mindset to get out of.
So some categorisation of the big issues that christians today disagree over would be greatly appreciated. It would provide much-needed clarification. [3d]
And as the Lord's servant; must not quarrel; instead be kind to everyone, able to teach sound doctrine, and not resentful.
This is so that everybody may be saved from falling prey to dangerous doctrines and wrong lifestyles, and be saved. Amen!
Posted by Devotions on 4 April 2013 - Do Not Change God’s Word
 From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Solomon,ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART TWO: USEFUL TO CHRIST, Chapter 7 "Ministering to the lost" (2 Timothy 2:20-26), Page 102-105.
[3b] The Responsibility to Rebuke, Response posted by Mike Mcguire on Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 2:37 PM, http://www.gty.org/blog/B140227/the-responsibility-to-rebuke
[3c] The Responsibility to Rebuke, Response posted by John Cox on Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 6:57 PM, http://www.gty.org/blog/B140227/the-responsibility-to-rebuke
[3d] The Responsibility to Rebuke, Response posted by David Smith on Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 2:40 PM, http://www.gty.org/blog/B140227/the-responsibility-to-rebuke
 Gary W. Demarest, Mastering the New Testament: 1, 2 Thessalonians; 1, 2 Timothy; and Titus, The Communicator's Commentary Series (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1984) 269.
 Ibid. (in the same source mentioned in a previous reference), 249
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