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Have Nothing To Do With Darkness – Rather Expose It

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Have Nothing To Do With Darkness – Rather Expose It

Ephesians 5:11 is patently clear Do not participate in the useless deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.

And this is not an isolated verse.

  • 1 Corinthians 5:12 commands us to “…judge those who are within the church.” 
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14 states we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6 advises that we “…keep away from every brother who walks in an unruly manner…”
  • 2 John 2:11 goes even further, instructing us not to even welcome them or “we participate in their evil deeds.”

So, if the biblical command to reject and expose false teaching is so clear, why do so many churches:

Is it misguided love?

2 John 6 states “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments…”

Truth must guide love.

Is it a lack of discernment?

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 “do not despise prophecies, but examine all things; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”

The Bereans in Acts 17:11  were commended – “Now these were more noble-minded…they received the word…examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

Discernment requires prayer and contemplation of the scripture.

It may be that some church leaders are simply unaware of who these false teachers are.

Is it a failure of leadership?

1 Peter 5:2 instructs elders to shepherd the flock of God among you, overseeing not under compulsion, but willingly, according to God; and not for dishonest gain, but with eagerness…”

According to Titus 1:9, elders are to “exhort in sound doctrine and to reprove those who contradict.” Both are their duty.

What type of a heart should the elders have, Proverbs 19:20 advises Listen to counsel and receive discipline, that you may be wise in the end of your days.”

Is your church having an issue with Ephesians 5:11?

Maybe, you should be asking Why?

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