Why it is so difficult and rare for so many Christians to reject and condemn false teachings. I hope and pray that the article below encourages and comforts those who are in the position to do so. SDG/VDMA, El Cid
The Lutheran Confessions are made up of two basic statements:
“We believe, teach, and confess,” & “We reject and condemn.”
While many today would suggest that anyone who “rejects” or “condemns” someone for their belief is not only mean-spirited and intolerant, but is breaking the 8th commandment, we simply cannot believe truth without rejecting that which contradicts truth. Paul says in Titus 1:9, speaking of an overseer, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
Those who have no concern for rejecting the false teachings that oppose the pure doctrine of the Gospel, also have no concern for the pure doctrine of the Gospel. For there is no reason to attack false doctrine, or even simply say that what someone is doing is wrong, except for the fact that false teaching in Christianity threatens to usurp the very heart of the Gospel, the justification of sinners by grace through faith according to the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We only reject and condemn that which endangers salvation, and leads people away from Christ and into apostasy.
Posted by Rev. Anthony R. Voltattorni at 5:05 PM at http://allbeggars.blogspot.com/2013/06/two-words.html