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Naming the Names of Deceivers, Troublemakers, and Apostates

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor


Romans 16:17-18  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  (18)  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.

Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

Scripture warns that the last days will be filled with deceivers and apostates

Matthew 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Naming Names of Deceivers, Trouble Makers, and Apostates

So how should we deal with these trouble-making deceivers and apostates? We need to name them as a  warning to others so they will not be hoodwinked by them.

Hear me friend. Why do we think there is some kind of inherent virtue in protecting deceivers, trouble makers, and apostates? From the time Eve was deceived and Adam sinned, the Bible has always provided names so that God’s children can avoid falling into their heresy. (Read the long list of Israel’s godless and blasphemous kings- every one of them clearly named).

Luke named them:

Acts 13:6-8  And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  (7)  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  (8)  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Paul named them:

Philippians 4:2  I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

1Ti 1:20  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

2Ti 2:17  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2Ti 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

2Ti 4:14  Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

Tit 1:12  One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

John named them:

3Jn 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Jude named them:

Jude 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

The Lord Jesus named them:

Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

And so should we!

  1. C. J. williams
    May 16, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Upon Analysis of Philippians 4:2 and its context, I cannot find any proof for the understanding that Euodias and Syntyche had any kind of dispute.

    I appreciate your article, but Euodias and Syntyche should be removed from this list. All Paul said is that they should be of the same mind, but he goes on to instruct the congregation to assist the them and states very openly that their names are written in the book of life. Thus they had not sinned at all. In fact, Paul’s words do not necessitate that the two women had any kind of conflict as you seem to assume. He has given that counsel many times without necessity of any discord. Also, verse three indicates that he is telling the whole congregation to be of the same mind. It is the counsel he gave in chapter 2. He was, in fact commending the two women for serving beside him and assisting him as the end of chapter 4 shows. In effect, he was telling the whole congregation to share the same spirit of giving the two women showed and assist the women in that. Thus his mentioning them by name was more likely for commendation.

    The rest of the scriptures you mentioned only name ones who left or oppose the truth. They do not mention simple sinners. For example, he instructed the Corinthians to throw a certain sinner out of the congregation, but he never once mentions his name in either epistle.

    • May 16, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Hi C.J. – the point of the article is in the title which focuses on naming names of troublemakers, some are deceivers, etc. The intent was NOT that everyone in the article was necessarily an heretick. Shalom …

  2. C. J. williams
    May 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    My point, if you will please read my whole post, is tbat there is no proof that Euodias and Syntyche caused any trouble at all.

    My second point was that, once you remove Euodias and Syntyche, you see that only heretics are ever named. Those who reject the authority of the apostles are heretics regardless of how much trouble they caused or not.

    Also, the mention of Cretans by “one of their own prophets” was highlighting the hypocisy of the apostates and their prophets for not only doing what Paul stated, but also for racism, so it is not naming all Cretans as trouble-makers, but highlighting the hypocrisy of the ones he was talking about.

    But I will respet your right to reject my analysis and will bother you no more.

    • May 16, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Hello again C.J. I did read your post, did you read mine? The point of the article – is that Paul proved it is important and Biblical to specifically name troublemakers, be they deceivers, or other hereticks.

      The problem within the church at Philippi concerning these two women seems to be their cantankerous attitudes leading to their inability to cooperate in the Lord’s work was disrupting the church. If you ever become a Pastor like I have been in three churches over twenty years, you will understand the full implication of Paul’s warning brother.

      Here’s commentary from Dr. William MacDonald concerning this disputed passage, hope it is helpful:

      4:2 Euodia and Syntyche were women in the church at Philippi who were having difficulty getting along together. We are not given details as to the cause of their disagreement (and perhaps it is just as well!). The apostle uses the word implore twice to show that the exhortation is addressed just as much to one as to the other. Paul urges them to be of the same mind in the Lord. It is impossible for us to be united in all things in daily life, but, as far as the things of the Lord are concerned, it is possible for us to submerge our petty, personal differences in order that the Lord may be magnified and His work advanced.

      Shalom and thanks for your well meaning input.

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