How To Deal With Church Members Attracted to False Teaching?
A very helpful section of Martin Downes book Risking the Truth:
How have you dealt with church members or students who have been attracted to, or taken in by false teaching?
â€˜Pastoral sensitivity and prudence is required in order to know whether a fellow-Christian needs â€˜Lawâ€™ or â€˜Gospelâ€™. (A terrific discussion of this is found in William Perkinsâ€™ The Art of Prophesying.) So an obstinate person who persists in heresy should be warned with the threat of excommunication (as Paul treated the Galatians).
However, a struggling Christian who has been exposed to false teaching must be corrected with patience and love. This person is a bruised reed or a flickering candle, and we know how Christ treats them â€“ for to some degree, we are all in this catagory.â€™