[dih-sep-tiv] adjective: 1) apt or tending to deceive; perceptually misleading; 2) tending or having power to deceive or impress with false opinions ; 3) likely or designed to deceive; causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true.
i.e. - feigned, corrupt, backhanded, two-face, treacherous, hypocritical, false, fake, cunning, crafty, specious, fallacious, delusive, perverse, dishonest, deceiving, fraudulent, crafty, subtle, foxy, sneaky, underhanded, crooked, double-dealing, disingenuous, deceitful, underhand, deviant, insincere, duplicitous, guileful.
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." - Ephesians 4:14
"For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers... Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." - Titus 1:10,11
In these days of theological confusion and buffoonery, what is the Biblical position that a follower of Christ and His Word is to assume toward deceptive preachers and teachers; toward pastors who strut around claiming for themselves “submission to their divine authority.” How are we to respond to these blasphemous, home-wrecking, pompous, arrogant subverters of Truth?
Are we to patronize them, associate with them, accept their pompous pronouncements, add to their prestige, follow their leadership? The Scriptural answer is clear:
1 Timothy 5:20 "Those who are sinning be exposing in the sight of all, that the rest also may have fear."
Stand aloof from them…
2 Timothy 2:16-18 "Yet from profane prattling's stand aloof, for they will be progressing to more irreverence, and their word as a gangrene will have pasture, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus, who concerning the truth did swerve, saying the rising again to have already been, and do overthrow the faith of some."
Have no fellowship . . .
Ephesians 5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Rebuke them . . .
Titus 1:13, "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith . . ."
Try them . . .
1 John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
Mark them . . .
Romans 16:17, "Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
Withdraw thyself . . .
2nd Thessalonians 3:6, "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
Turn away from them . . .
2nd Timothy 3:5 " . . .Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
Receive them not . . .
2nd John 1:10-11, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
Have no company with him . . .
2nd Thessalonians 3:14, "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed."
1 Corinthians 5:9-11 "I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with immoral people; not at all meaning with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world; but as it is, I wrote unto you not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat."
Reject them . . .
Titus 3:10 "A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject . . ."
Matthew 10:14 "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, leave that place and shake off the dust of your feet."
2 Corinthians. 6:14 "Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together?"
1 Timothy 6:20 "Timothy, keep safe what has been entrusted to your care. Avoid the profane talk and foolish arguments of what some people wrongly call knowledge.
Come out from them…
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
"Wherefore, Come out of their midst and be severed, the Lord is saying. And touch not the unclean, and I will admit you; and will be to you a Father, And you shall be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."