To those who state that we should not talk about or bring up the point that some preachers are not stating the truth concerning scripture and that God will handle the problem, I ask this question.
If that is true, then how would you answer the following scriptures that tell us just the opposite? In them, we are told not to listen to false teachers, to expose them, stay away from them, rebuke them in the presence of all, and denounce them no matter who they are. Paul even called out Peter for unbiblical practices he committed.
Consider; Eph 5:11, Gal 1:6-9, 1 Tim 5:20, Titus 3:10, Titus 1:10-16, Mat 3:7, Mat 12:34, Romans 16:17, Gal 2:11-14, 2 Tim 4:10, 1 Tim 1:18-20, 2 Tim 2:17, 2 Tim 4:14-15, 3 John 9, Num chapter 22-25, 2 Sam 12;7.
Ephesians 5:11 ESV Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Galatians 1:6-9 ESV I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
1 Timothy 5:20 ESV As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
Titus 3:10 ESV As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,
Titus 1:10-16 ESV For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. …
Matt. 3:7 “a generation of Vipers” John the Baptist called them out.
Matt. 12:34 “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” Jesus called them out.
Rom. 16:17 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. A warning from Paul.
“Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith ” (Titus 1: 13). Another warning from Paul.
Paul publically calls out Demas for loving the world 2 Tim. 4:10
Paul named Hymenaeus and Alexander and said whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme ” (I Tim. 1: 18-20). Again publically denouncing someone.
Paul named Hymenaeus and Philetus. Publically denouncing them; Their teaching will spread like gangrene. 2 Timothy 2:17.
Paul named Alexander the coppersmith. “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil. (II Tim. 4:14-15) Publically denouncing someone.
John named Diotrephes. “I wrote unto the church; but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not” (III John 9) Public announcement of wrongdoing.
Moses called out Balaam. (See Num. 22-25). Peter exposed “the way of Balaam … who loved the wages of unrighteousness, ” he was greedy! Balaam was a prophet that was in the work for money, just like some of the TV false prophets today. They beg for money and live like kings, while multitudes of innocent people send them their hard earned money. They are always building colleges, hospitals, TV network satellites, and amusement parks that have a water slide for Jesus. And then we are supposed to keep our mouth shut about these religious charlatans. How can we be silent and be true to God?
Nathan identified the man. There was a man in a very high place who was a secret adulterer. Surely this man who held the highest office in the land could not be rebuked by a lowly unpopular prophet. Nathan went right into the presence of David, revealed the sin in a parable form, and then told the enraged David, “Thou art the man ” (II Sam. 12:7). Let the truth be known. Nathan called him out on his sin.
Paul named Peter publicly. Peter was guilty of unscriptural practice (Gal. 2:11-14). The whole issue revolved around salvation by the law or by grace. When the integrity and purity of the gospel is at stake, then we have no choice when it comes to the matter of exposing error and naming names.
In Revelation chapter 2 we are told that the church in Ephesus forsaken their first love (God) and were serving out of the wrong motives (some are doing that today). The church in Laodicea was luke warm. It was a wealthy city and the people were prosperous. Some people believed that their wealth was a sign of spiritual blessing from God. They became complacent. God was telling them that their possessions and achievements did not have any value compared to their eternal salvation with Christ (wealth has blinded many and has blinded them of the truth and they can’t see how they have drifted away from scriptural practices).
People sitting by silently has helped the murder of 6 million Jews, permitted slavery for longer than it should have, has allowed, God only knows how many, untold numbers of people to believe in a false gospel and are destined to condemnation, helped to make abortion almost culturally acceptable, ushered in the belief that premarital sex and homosexuality is normal and OK, and lately seduced many into the notion that gender reality is whatever the person feels they are at that time. This may be OK for atheist but sadly many so called Christ followers have jumped on the band wagon and are believing and helping to spread false teaching.