If someone is clearly in the wrong, not on matters of opinion that have no eternal consequence but where solid Biblical truths are concerned, where the truth of God is being either misunderstood or outright ignored and those actions are causing others to stumble in their own walks with Christ, then it is important that we confront that person. Their words and actions should not go unopposed regardless of who they are, what their reputation or history look like, or how much power they have. In fact, the more influential they are, the more people can be let astray by their words and actions and even those solid in their faith may not be immune to the tendency to follow or imitate such leaders. It is vitally important to call out the truth to them, face to face, one on one, not to try and shame them publicly but to try to guide them back to right living. Complaining or speaking ill of this person behind their back to other people does more to harm the situation then to correct it. Speak to them, be gentle but firm as you lay out your argument and the evidence that supports it. Once the truth has been clearly presented they will have to decide whether to repent and come alongside God or to continue in stubborn disobedience. If they continue to lead others away from the truth a more public stand may be necessary so that everyone who had heard and followed can have the same chance to see the truth and turn.
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”
Matthew 18:15-17 NLT