Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But reject foolish and ignorant controversies, because you know they breed infighting. And the Lord’s slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance and then knowledge of the truth … 2 Timothy 2.23-25
Many times false teaching can become a serious problem in the church. It is something that has happened since shortly after Jesus walked on this earth. Paul dealt with the problem on several occasions.
Christians need to be able to deal with false teachers. Paul told Timothy to reject foolish and ignorant controversies. How do you know if something is foolish in order to reject it? You have to know the word of God and its contents to be able to discern if something is true or false. That can only be done through reading and studying the scriptures.
Peter wrote in his first letter that you should always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope that you possess, 3.15. You should answer with respect. However, if you know someone is teaching something that is not true, it is important to patiently and gently correct the teaching.
The tool that is used to correct false teaching is scripture. 2 Timothy 3.16-17 tells us that the scriptures are inspired by God and can be used to teach, correct and train people so that these can be capable and equipped for every good work.