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Are There Any False Teachers?

  • Are There Any False Teachers?

    The Bible warns of false prophets, ones who pretend to be preachers of righteousness,

    but are actually agents of the devil. "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,

    transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself

    transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers

    also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to

    their works" (2 Cor. 11:13-15). John warned, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but

    test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into

    the world" (1 Jn. 4:1). However, in spite of these warnings, many today act as though

    there are few, or no, false teachers in the world. They will give their general approval to

    almost any man (or woman) who says he is preaching the gospel.

    In contrast to the general feeling among religious people, the Bible teaches that false

    prophets abound. John said "many" have gone out into the world. Is it any different

    today? Right after Jesus stated that few would make it to heaven while many will go to

    hell, He warned us about false teachers (Matt. 7:13-20). Do you suppose there is any

    connection? Many false teachers will deceive many people. Few teachers of

    righteousness will persuade few people.

    Instead of endorsing everyone who is a "preacher" and accepting his teaching, we are

    to examine, test, and try what he says by the Scripture (1 Thess. 5:21; Acts 17:11).

    When it is true, accept it and live by it. When it is false, reject it and him (Gal. 1:8-9).

    When a man will not affirm that Jesus is the Christ, reject him (Matt. 16:16). When a

    man will not teach that salvation is offered to all men of all races, reject him (Mk.

    16:15). When a man will not advocate the words of the Lord, that baptism is for

    salvation, reject him (Mk. 16:16; cf. Acts 2:38).

    Please, dear friend, understand that there are false teachers in the world. Use some

    discernment. If what we teach is false, reject it. Only follow the Word of God! Yet, if

    what we teach is true according to God's revelation, receive it and abide in it. We want to

    go to heaven and want you to go, too. - Steven F. Deaton