“They have some great things to say that we need to hear,” said a friend who rubs elbows with progressives.
Indeed, many who teach false doctrine also speak some truth.
“We just spit out the bones and and use what’s true and helpful,” he said.
Sometimes we can do that, when we keep them at a distance. Even then, many of their good ideas are surrounded by harmful presuppositions and built upon false premises.
But when we invite them into our midst, we expose the whole church to their false teachings as a whole.
Does my friend say, before introducing them, this is a false teacher, but he has some good things to say?
You know he doesn’t. He presents him as a faithful servant of God.
The friend is hypocritical and false.
Just like the one he invites.
The difference between us is not small, but the same chasm as the one that Elijah faced on Mt. Carmel — two different deities.
Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hobble back and forth between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow God. If Baal is God, follow Baal.” The people gave no answer, 1 Kings 18.21 CEB.
We must give an answer, and do so with a clear voice in no uncertain terms.