Part 125 I was recently asked “Is it wrong to speak of erring people or false teachers by name in a public setting, or use the name an organization that teaches false doctrine?” A good question especially during a time when social media and websites can so easily smear a person’s reputation. All Christians should consider if they have the biblical right to expose a person or group by name as unbiblical. Let us first consider the mind in which Christians are to instruct or rebuke. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossi, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Col. 4:6). The same inspired writer penned, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal. 6:1). Clearly, Christians who find a person living in sin should consider how they would want to be approached, and likewise access how best to reprove the individual overcome in sin. Bible readers have examples of both public rebukes and private rebukes to those people who indorse false doctrine publicly (Acts 18:23-27; Gal. 2:11-14; 1 Tim. 5:20).

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