[anzac] "Rebuke PUBLICLY??" - by Andrew Strom

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 14:02:40 -0600
Can it be RIGHT to Rebuke PUBLICLY??
-Andrew Strom.

Some Christians insist on applying Matt 18 to every situation. But
what about FALSE TEACHERS?  Matt 18 says that if my brother
"sins against me" then I should go to him privately about it, then
with one or two witnesses, then to the whole church if he does not
repent. This is a very important process for resolving issues where
a brother has sinned against me personally. But what about FALSE
TEACHING of a serious nature? What if it is spreading or starting
to infect whole sections of the body of Christ? Is it still just a
"private matter"? 

My understanding is that in the New Testament we NEVER see
Jesus or the apostles treating FALSE TEACHING as a "Matt 18"
scenario. We see them publicly rebuking and correcting - trying
to arrest the 'cancer' before it spreads any further. This is an act 
of LOVE towards the body. It is trying to stop the damage before
too many precious sheep are harmed. False teaching and false 
prophets are never treated "NICELY" and "SWEETLY" in the 
New Testament!

Below, Dale McElroy has compiled a bunch of Scriptures relating to
this, that you may find interesting:

"New Testament Correction methods"

"The New Testament gives several ways and instruction on how to 
correct people.  The apostle Paul sometimes even turned people 
over to Satan to correct them. -See 1 Cor 5 and 1 Timothy 1:20.  
Elders were commanded to correct severely in Titus 1:13.  People 
are commanded to instruct with mercy or fear. -See Jude 22-23.  
Jesus rebuked Peter openly in Matthew.  Paul rebuked Peter 
publicly in Galatians 2 for his hypocrisy.  Jesus whipped the sellers 
out of the temple in Mark 11 and John 2. (-They had made God's 
house a den of thieves).  

In 1 Cor. 4:21 Paul asks the people, "Shall I come with love or a 
rod?"  The apostle Paul used boldness in 2 Cor 10:1 and said that 
he would not spare anyone in 2 Cor 13:1-2.  In 1 Timothy 5:20 a 
command is given to rebuke for sin publicly and in 2 Timothy 2:24-26 
the instruction given is to correct with meekness.  Col 1:28 gives 
the instruction to admonish and Hebrews 3:13 gives the instruction 
to exhort. Eph 5:11 gives the instruction to expose darkness.  
Gal 6:1 gives the instruction to correct with meekness if people are 
overtaken in a fault.  Jude 3 gives the instruction to contend 
earnestly for the faith...."  [END QUOTE].
This is certainly an important issue in these Last Days, so it is
vital that we understand what the New Testament is saying. The 
false teachers and false prophets in Acts were rebuked very harshly, 
and Paul sometimes "named names" in his letters to the churches. 
So surely we cannot continue to claim that this is a "Matt 18" 
situation? Surely it is more serious than that - and requires a more 
'drastic' response? 

Enjoy your Bible studies on this topic, my friends! 

God bless you all.

Kindest regards in Christ,

Andrew Strom.