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Shalom everyone,

I'm curious ... what do you BELIEVE is the BEST way to RECOVER someone who you believe is in ERROR?  I'm doing a forum test ... to see who really understands how to reach someone ... whom you believe is WRONG!

Do I have any takers?

God bless,

George

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It perhaps depends on the person, but I like a quote by Sun Tzu - A leader leads by example, not by force. He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. A person needs to have open arms to welcome a possible brother or sister - not folded arms and venom spit into their wounds.

Many people mistake that for permissiveness, or being soft on sin. It must be stated that whatever the issue(s) is/are is not okay. None of us come out clean, but everyone is much better off when they can turn their foot from sin. We make mistakes, but that's why we learn from them - we try not to repeat them, and we regret them., we repent for them.

I must admit a lack of experience in this regard, however. I tend to stick to myself; people don't seem to react well to criticism, even if it isn't harsh. I would still try if the opportunity presented itself, I suppose, like if someone came to me with their troubles. Oh, and I do know I should try to engage people more - I hope to change, but as they say, old habits die hard.

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Pray that God would open their eyes to the truth.  If they are open to consider another point of view, discuss it nicely.  If not, you have to wait on God.  Nobody could teach Saul/Paul,  till God got hold of him.

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Ask them about their belief, how they formed it, what verses etc justifies believing it etc

You have to understand just what and why they believe before you can examin it and talk to them about it.

One should also be aware that the issue might be more than you can deal with.

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I'd say the best way to recover someone is by doing it very gently, as a wise and experienced fisherman would catch a fish... slowly, calmly, gently... 

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I've learned sincerity to be a major heart issue first step. People can sense sincerity. I was taught some years ago if you find yourself in a wrong attitude it's best to not engage. It's a part of the being ready to give an answer to the hope that is in us. Sometimes we can do more harm than good.

Then it's situational, someone you meet for a short period of time in a number of scenarios to a person at work or in fellowship with, where a relationship is involved and then what is actually really difficult is a family member. The truth is going to divide but it can draw also. If we love and are sincere at least we may be heard.

Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman is good scripture to look at in dealing with someone in error. He told the truth, was sincere and loved her. And unless God draws someone there is no chance. Elijah was a man like unto us and he could make it rain. We need to be praying for and discerning the working of the Holy Spirit. To love someone enough to lay ourselves in what can be harm's way isn't always very easy.

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If we know their error well enough we can engage a conversation that leads to asking them questions about what they believe. I've done this with JWs. 

Our faith is a reasonable faith, it's rational. Theirs is not. Get them questioning their own faith just like Satan does with believers and then pray. We may be 12th in the line of 3 more houses that get them questioning enough to ask God for the truth. Jesus said be wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove.  

Edit to add, I've heard this technique referred to as using their sword to cut their head off. Like David did with Goliath. The Word of God between the eyes and their own book to finish. The five stones representing the law, the first five books of the Bible.

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With prayer. With scripture. With recognition that it isnt up to me to change someone but is instead up to Him. With patience. With a lack of pride and with the knowledge that I should not aim for winning the argument at all costs. With an understanding of the difference between core salvational issues and disputable non salvational issues. 

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As Im running around doing errands it occurs to me to ask myself...

Do I always do that when I post?

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