The devil doesn't need much help, he has "Christians" to do his work for him.
You only have to go back to the beginning of the book to see the trouble dissension and accusation caused. Korah is a good example. God Judged Korah for his rebellion.
BUT BUT BUT it is argued, who is going to warn the innocents when deception comes. I don't think that is a problem. We have plenty of heresy hunters devouering the Body like Cannibals eating their own fingers. That's the imagery that the Lord gave me this morning.
Galatians 5:13-15 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Yes, there is a place for rebuke, for indignation, but it is far less frequent than you would believe. IF there is contention or division over an accusation, for example, if someone accuses a leader of not being "ON" and there are many who trust the word he or she is bringing then the first question should not be are they "Biblical, preaching the truth" (whatever they think it to be), the question should be, is the Kingdom of God expanding because of this?
Certainly there are people on TV, Radio and who preach in pulpits that I don't embrace. There are books that I find offensively strange in Bookstores. I can barely listen to our local christian radio station for the drivel I find there so often. YET.. I remember when that drivel helped me grow in Christ.
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
IF some well meaning heresy hunter had told me "That's EVIL, that's not the Gospel" I might have drifted away discouraged. Scattered. God hates those who destroy the flock.
Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:2
I remember well Pastor Dan telling some of us the story about a young couple who came to First Assembly. They were involved in Drugs and all kinds of unspeakable corrupt lifestyles. When they got saved they became true followers of Jesus. Pastor Dan sometimes would bring controversial people in to minister. Some I found hard to take. YET... when I asked him about it, he said, we have to stretch and learn to hear for ourselves truth by discernment. That young couple was pummeled by their "Christian" friends and relatives for being part of the Church we attendees. At one point the comment was made to them, "I would rather you be back on drugs then be part of "That Church".
There is the heart of the heresy hunter. They cooperate with the devil who would rather see people in HELL than be disciples by someone they don't approve of. Jesus identified this evil.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are! Matthew 23:15
In that way they are instruments of satan.
IS there a place to warn people from false doctrine. Sure... by preaching and teaching real doctrine. I got home late last night. It was dark in the bedroom. I reached for the light switch. Flipped it on and guess what... the darkness fled. Happens every time it's tried. Shine the light of truth without attacking the darkness.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Unless the power is off. That's the rub. The Heresy Hunters deny the power of God to reveal himself. Jesus didn't rebuke false teaching, he rebuked false living. False holiness. False godliness. Hypocrisy. White Washed Tombs he called them.
Here's a prophetic truth I learned a long time ago, God cares much more about the sheep in his pasture than the shepherds who lead them. He will hold that shepherd to a much higher standard. He will take a shepherd out who is leading falsely. He will use the Syrians to cleanse Israel. He doesn't need a competing shepherd to devour the Body. We have a Syrian type news media that will be happy to turn on the Kleig lights and expose the false teachers. That's not our job.
There are Millstones being laid up for those who are causing the little ones to stumble. It would be good not to have your name on one.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6