The apostle continues by writing to the believers that they must watch out for unbiblical teaching. If fact, John goes so far as to tell his readers not even to greet nor invite into their homes teachers of false doctrine (II John 1:8-11). Today’s Church must do the same.
Believers must not compromise on Biblical truth but sometimes we do. The reasons why, I believe, are many. Sometimes, we are tricked by sheep in wolf’s clothing. People do infiltrate churches saying things which are Biblical on the surface but when examined, does not match up with Biblical doctrine. With the desire to be winsome to non-believers, the Church is guilty of allowing false teachers to take over. They compromise on truth with the justification that unchurched people will not step into a church building unless the truth is softened. But in the effort to remove the rough edges from the gospel, churches deny unbelievers the opportunity to be offended by the teaching of Christ. There is a third reason why I think Christians tolerate unbiblical teaching. Their toleration is due to Biblical ignorance.
For those who are believers, there is no excuse for continually being duped by false teaching.
Too many people within churches, including church leadership allow bad teaching to infiltrate their congregations because they are Biblically illiterate. This problem stems from the fact that after salvation, little to no continued growth takes place. Church people do not bother with searching the Scriptures for God’s truth. Rather they rely on Christian here say, tradition, and…incorrect teaching.
In my opinion, if someone claims to know Christ but fails to grow at all in their relationship with Jesus, that person’s conversion is at best questionable. For those who are believers, there is no excuse for continually being duped by false teaching. At best a Christian’s reason for accepting false doctrine as truth comes from being young in the faith and at worst it is because they are simply lazy. Either way churches who allow false doctrine sin against the Lord (II John 10, 11). Believers must repent, begin studying the Scriptures, and align themselves with others who are committed to Biblical truth.
- Pastor Randy