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False Teachings
Purpose and Premise of Refuting False Teachings

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Purpose
What is the purpose of writing and teaching against false beliefs and religious systems? It is often skeptically assumed that the goal is to be contentious and glory in debate, to destroy another's self esteem, or even to prove oneself righteous and correct. And, honestly, there are those that endeavor toward any or all of those ends. However, he who instructs and corrects should never pursue contention for the sake of contention, the harm of another's psyche, or the glory of oneself. None of these motives are biblical or employed by Jesus; nor does any individual (believer or not) merit more worth than another.

In fact, even a goal of utter destruction of lies and false teachings is not a proper FINAL pursuit. Certainly, it is in fact essential to do some destruction before building upon a sure and firm foundation. However, as James instructs, "let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). Indeed, the aim of correction should not merely be negative and destructive. The sinner and errant soul must be converted from the error of his way unto truth! Simply acknowledging one's sin is of no worth, if it does not lead to a true conversion! It is the conversion which is most important and which allows the atoning blood of Christ to become effectual. Luke’s counsel is appropriate wherein he reminds us, "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?... I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:4,7). So then, there is joy in heaven only when that lost person repents, which involves much more than simple acknowledgment of error!

May the apologetics and teachings of Xristian.org be just that: destructive, yet affirmative, that he who is in error (whether his/her false God is Allah, an exalted man, or money) be converted unto truth and life in Christ. For, the scriptures are clear that salvation comes only from knowing the true and great Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Christ himself explicitly taught, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

Premise
Finally, before closing this introductory article to Xristian.org's section on "False Teachings," it should be noted that authority to contend for the faith against false teachings and teachers is scripturally given to all bible believing Christians (Jude 3; 2 Thes. 2:15; Rev. 2:2). This premise is in direct opposition to those who assert, "How can you claim to be right in what you believe?" or, "Why don't you just love and live at peace?" or, "Why do you judge others?" For, all authority is given the believer in Christ to defend that which is biblical (which is therefore by divine revelation correct and right). Jesus and the Apostles regularly confronted those who were in doctrinal and theological error, although not endlessly or to the point of violence. This is proper use of discernment, and this ability to judge is requisite to the notion that believers should beware of false teachers (2 Pet. 2:1; cf. Matt. 7:15; 1 Jn. 4:1). What man, on the other hand, is NOT permitted to judge is the heart of another, which only God may stand in judgment of. It is not the intent of Xristian.org to judge the hearts of its readers individually or corporately. It is instead the intent that false teachings and doctrines be thwarted and that God might add the saving and sanctifying work of His Spirit and the blessings of Godly grace to those who study His word in truth.

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