But do you have to mention names?

Not always. Often, a quotation may be cited, or a practice mentioned, without reference to the one behind it (as in the previous answer). If it isn't necessary to mention names, then they need not be mentioned. But remember, Paul in his epistles mentioned names so that those who read would be warned not to adopt their errors. We must do the same. We follow Paul in this for the same reason--so that readers will be able to recognize false teaching and reject it when they come across it. Knowing the names of those from whom it emanates facilitates the process. If a teacher is known for distorting Scripture in the past then, in the future, those who care will read and listen to him (if at all) with more than enough care.

Distortion of the Word of God is a serious matter that should not be by-passed lightly. Cavalier handling of the Scriptures demands that we expose it for what it is. The Name of God is at stake. Either Jesus did give us three commandments or He did not. You can't have it both ways. One view is in error; the other is not. One misrepresents Him, the other does not. One can only wonder whether most of those who seized upon this passage for support of self-esteem, self-worth, self-love teaching, did so with a good conscience. It is hard to believe they did on the surface of it, since the passage is so explicit. Or could it possibly be that they are so self-deceived that they actually do not discern what is happening?

Jay E Adams

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