“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:17-20 (KJV)
We, as Christians are told to “Love one another”. As you can see in Paul’s writing above we are also to “Mark them which cause divisions… contrary to the doctrine”. This surely means the doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyone, therefore, who would cause division and offenses or a departure from the gospel is to be marked. That would mean not to even fellowship with such an individual. Also see Galations 5:14-15.
The ones whom Paul speaks of is most certainly false teachers, teaching things which distract from the gospel of Christ. Are there false teachers teaching a false gospel today? Most certainly. Any teaching which distracts from the glory of God through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is a false gospel.
-Tim A. Blankenship