I don’t know where the line is, but 2 Timothy 2:15-18 speaks of “becoming more ungodly” and “wandering away from the truth,” so I know it is possible to leave the real Jesus for one made in our own image if we stick around and listen to false, or even poor teaching. Anyone can make a mistake or mis-speak, but habitually mis-handling the word of Truth has dire consequences.
It’s a question that is on our minds- those of us who left the prophetic movement or charismania or whatever you want to call it….”Are the teachers/pastors I knew in that time really Christian?” “Where is the line between sloppy, lazy teaching and false teaching?”
My personal opinion is that I don’t have to have an opinion about the eternal security of someone else. For the person trying to, thinking of, wondering if they should- leave a church full of questionable teachings, trying to pinpoint other people’s salvation status can be a big distraction.
Many people confuse judging teaching with passing judgement on a person. This mistake can keep you from taking an honest look at what you are being taught for fear you will be punished for judging someone.
Let me say it again. Judging someone’s teachings is not the same as passing judgement on the person as unsaved, or condemning them as a false teacher. There is one thing, however, that you should be trying to judge, and that is the teachings and practices being promoted from the pulpit.
We are commanded to “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thess 5:21,22), “Be alert and sober”(1 Thess 5:6).
We are told that if we do not have a love for the truth, we are ripe for deception (2 Thess2).
We are told the Bereans were noble as they searched the scriptures to see if what Paul said was true (Acts 17:11). They were not labeled as rebellious, hard hearted, or factious.