A False Conclusion Drawn From “Teaching In The Synagogues”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Is there authority for a Christian to move somewhere, worship with people in error, and think that they’ll “eventually help them to see the truth” (Proverbs 16:25; cf. Colossians 3:17)?
1. Could you read these verses and come to that conclusion: Psalms 1:1-2, Psalms 26:4-5, Psalms 119:115, Ephesians 5:11, and I Timothy 6:3-5?
2. Can you worship with people in error to the glory of God (Romans 12:9)?
3. Additionally, we must not just ask if they’re teaching error but whether or not they teach the whole truth as well (Acts 20:26-27 and II John 9-11).
B. Don’t confuse the work of preachers (I Timothy 1:3-7 and Titus 1:5) with moving somewhere and trying to sneak attack people into being converted!
1. When people move somewhere and try to “convert” the apostate congregation, is that congregation told that from the jump and are they willingly going to be students (cf. John 18:20)?
a. Who’s the wolf when you act like you’re joining them just to try and “convert” them (Matthew 7:15)?
b. Isn’t “creeping” in a sign of false teachers (Jude 4)?
2. What are you going to do when you reprove them and they don’t change (Titus 3:10; cf. II Thessalonians 3:6)?
II. Body: Jesus and the Apostles had a different mission than someone moving somewhere and THEN trying to justify their attendance with the erring (Matthew 10:5-7, Matthew 15:21-24, and Acts 13:14-15; 44-46).
A. Jesus and the Apostles didn’t sit in the synagogue as students (Matthew 4:23 and Acts 9:18-22).
1. Teaching is not just “talking to the preacher” (Acts 20:20).
2. Teachers do not get involved in endless debates (II Timothy 2:16; 23).
3. Teachers do not approach a subject as a question he is looking to find the answers to. Rather, teachers teach with authority (Mark 1:21-22 and Titus 2:15).
B. Jesus and the Apostles didn’t act like “one of them” (Psalms 119:128, Proverbs 28:4, and Matthew 12:30).
1. The Jewish synagogues were known for hypocrisy (Matthew 6:1-5).
2. Those who didn’t “tote the line” were threatened, as the “party-spirit” thrived in the Jewish synagogues (John 9:13-23, John 12:42-43, and Acts 9:1-2).
3. Points 1-2 are true for “churches of Christ” today, in that they often say one thing and do another (Luke 6:46) as well as play the “party-spirit” (i.e. GOT, FC, papers, preachers, etc.; cf. III John 9-11).
4. BIG POINT HERE!! Where was Paul on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7-11)????? - NOT in the synagogue. THUS, for those trying to use the “they taught in the synagogue” argument, this blows your false ship right out of the water.
C. With the necessity of taking the Gospel to the Jews, the synagogue was expedient, yet the truth was often met with hard opposition (Matthew 10:17 and Matthew 23:34).
2. Did everybody in the “synagogues” want to hear Paul (Acts 17:1-14, Acts 18:1-6, Acts 18:12-17, and Acts 19:8-9)?
3. FACT – Most people will not hear the truth (Luke 13:23-24)!
4. Therefore, DON’T move/travel to some place with the foolish idea that you can convert a group to have place to worship. Remember, to find the truth THEY have to be LOOKING for the truth (Jeremiah 29:13; cf. Luke 8:15).
III. Conclusion: Let’s never move somewhere and deceive ourselves (cf. James 1:22) with a false idea of being teachers when we’d really just be compromisers (Jeremiah 15:16-17).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager