Theology Tuesday: How do we handle false teachers?

The great English Pastor of the 1800s, J.C. Ryle, had this to say about false teachers and how to handle them:

Divisions and separations are most objectionable in religion. They weaken the cause of true Christianity…But before we blame people for them, we must be careful that we lay the blame where it is deserved.

False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism. If people separate themselves from teaching that is positively false and unscriptural, they ought to be praised rather than reproved. In such cases separation is a virtue and not a sin.

Bad theology will eventually hurt people and dishonor God in proportion to its badness. So, what are we to do?

Dr. Denny Burk gives us several reasons in his article here: