“Of course, we know there is “biblical precedence” to call out false teachers. Not only did our Lord Jesus call out false teachers (Matthew 7:13-36) but so did the Apostles Paul (1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:16-18) and John (3 John 1:9). There is no question that there is “biblical precedence”. But the question remains, is this the loving thing to do?
“You can’t help but feel (Billy) Knight’s (Paul White’s son’s) pain. After all, this is his mother. If there ever was a reason to get into a fight in the school yard, this is it. But I would contend that calling out false teachers is not only the most loving thing you can do for the sheep, it is also the most loving thing that you can do for the false teachers themselves.
“Referring to false teachers in Titus 1:13 Paul says, “reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith”. The “so that” indicates that part of the reason we are to reprove false teachers is for their own spiritual health! To be “sound in the faith” speaks of spiritual health and wholeness. Far from being unloving, it is actually to the false teachers’ advantage that they be reproved.
“As Shai Linne points out “today the only heresy is saying that there’s heresy”. It might be strong medicine for false teachers to be “put on blast” but it’s the right biblical prescription. There is no competition between love and truth.”
(George Lawson, “Is it Unloving to Call Out Fal$e Teacher$?”, The Cripplegate)