Guarding Against False Teachings and Defending the Truth
(3) Redeeming the lost sheep with love
“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Tim 2:24–26)
The church applies certain procedures and principles in dealing with teachings that are contrary to the truth. There is no room for compromise when distinguishing right from wrong. However, we should admonish and exhort in love those who have wandered from the truth, pray for them and try to restore them. Moreover, we should consider ourselves lest we too be affected. Judas betrayed the Lord out of his greed for money, yet the Lord Jesus never ceased to warn and exhort him; He even washed his feet and tried His best to turn him back. But Judas refused to turn back and in the end, Jesus could only say to him, “What you do, do quickly” (Jn 13:27). We also ought to play our part and try to restore the lost ones, then entrust them to God and pray for the Lord’s mercy. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth (2 Cor 13:8).
Let us, therefore, build up ourselves on our most holy faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, keep ourselves in the love of God, and look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (Jude 20–21). Amen.