Enablers Are Responsible

False teachers will be judged; so, too, will those who enable them.
A bank is robbed. Three men are arrested and brought to trial. Bank security cameras identify the man who pointed a gun at the teller. One of the other men was shown to be the lookout, while the other waited outside, ready to drive the getaway car. Which of these three can be convicted of bank robbery?
Under U.S. law, all three can be convicted of the crime. Though only one actually took the bank’s money, the other two were accomplices. They made possible the commission of the crime. Without their help, the robbery might never have taken place.
Error is preached in a congregation. God’s truth is twisted, and erroneous information is given to people who want to please God with their worship and their lives. Who is guilty in such a situation? U.S. law won’t help us answer this question, but God’s word will.
In his letter to the church at Thyatira, Jesus made this charge: “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols” (Revelation 2:20, NKJV). The penalty for this woman’s crimes are then listed in the following verses, showing her offense was outrageous to Jesus.
But Jezebel was not the only person in danger. Note that Jesus said “you allow” her to do the things she does. Some in the church could have made a difference. They could have withstood her teaching or stopped her altogether. By choosing to be passive, they joined this false prophetess in the error. Now their souls, too, were in jeopardy.
How is it possible that churches see significant shifts in the doctrine proclaimed? It’s not just a different preacher who brings about such changes, but those who allow the changes to be introduced. When something other than God’s word is presented, it should be a cause for serious concern for every Christian in the congregation!
No wonder Luke lauds the brethren at Berea, who “… received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). It’s not hard to imagine what these disciples would have done if taught something other than God’s word. They certainly would not have aided and abetted the preaching of error!
Here is wisdom: “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). Let us be accomplices only to proclaiming what God has said.

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