A Warning Against Following False Teachers

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When you hear the words “False Teachers” or “False Prophets,” I bet the first thought that comes to mind is a long list of famous televangelists with their numerous mansions, private jet liners, and millions of dollars in their bank accounts while their followers are probably losing their homes, jobs, and even their life savings to them.

Perhaps, you’re thinking of that charlatan of a pastor in the last church you attended with all their word of faith, word of knowledge, or prosperity teachings that only served to line his pockets and nearly made you lose your faith.

By now, you can probably spot a false prophet a mile away. While you may be correct that many of these people you know or see on TV are false teachers and false prophets, they are not the only ones in the world deceiving others in the name of God. There are far more false teachers and prophets out there that do not stand out and outnumber the few hundred you see on TV or hear on your radio.

You will not only find them in churches and Christian circles, but everywhere where readers and listeners convene. They write books, load their videos on YouTube, and have their own websites. Some even join Hubpages, and begin to introduce their doctrine of demons as they twist the truth for all to read.

If you are not careful my friend with the things you read or hear, the seed of doubt will be planted in you and slowly, just like them, your spirit will be corrupted by the father of lies.

May this hub serve as a warning to all my brothers and sisters in Christ of the dangers that await them if they do not use discernment and stray from the truth. We should never stop listening to Jesus’ voice. Remember what He said in John 10:27, My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (NIV)His voice and only His voice are we to listen to and follow.

I’ll start with something I read a few days ago that brought me to write this hub. I noticed an article with a title that caught my eye. I decided to stop in and read, only to regret it later. I should have known, the devil is very crafty and he will pull you in, in any way he can.

As I began to read, I didn’t notice the danger hidden in the subtle message. Maybe the word I’m looking for is not subtle but more like confusing because I was not clear on where the author stood or what she was trying to convey. As I skimmed over her words, I was thinking of writing a comment and possibly following this writer until my reading came to a screeching halt.

As I read her words, I realized that although this woman was talking about God, she was not a Christian. She was far from being a Christian. If anything, it was not until the end that I realized she hated Christians. Furthermore, although she commended Christians for their zealousness,” she also condemned them for following Jesus as God. Her writing also revealed she also reviled the authors of the New Testament and much of its content.

I decided to finish reading her article but as I did, I began to feel righteous anger build in me. Yes, it was righteous anger because of the corruption and twisted interpretation of the Word of God. I could not believe what I was reading and I was tempted to leave a long comment pointing out the error in her interpretation. Instead, I decided to go back and re-read what she wrote. After all, I wasn’t sure if I was misreading the message because there were some things that had a ring of truth twisted within her words.

After I finished reading, I found no misreading in my part. In fact, her message became very clear from the moment she wrote her introductory paragraph. Why didn’t I see this earlier? Worse… why were Christians leaving this author nice comments and praising her? Did they really read what she wrote? Did they understand what she was saying or were they in total agreement with her? Some had even begun to follow her.

2 John 1:9-11 says, Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.” (NIV) (Underlining is mine)

I figured, like me, her readers were either not reading thoroughly or were simply confused and not grasping her twisted interpretation of Scripture. However, I feel that a lack of discernment was the cause in some.

Now comes the true test. Her words tempted me with doubt and at the same time challenged me. I began to go over what she said and read what the Word actually says and mean, and I got very upset. What I was reading in her article was so upsetting to me that I struggled with the temptation to confront her and correct her, and I prayed for guidance. In the end, I decided not to leave a comment, which would have been a waste of my time and most likely end in an argument. Instead, I wrote here where I can reach many.

Every Christian should know what the Bible says about false teachers and anti-christs. They should also be aware of those who put a stumbling block for others. There is a bigger enemy behind the actions of those that do. Romans 16:17-18 warns us “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” (NIV)

Christians should also be careful of what they read or whom they follow. What you choose to hear or read can plant a seed of doubt in your spirit, chose to nourish your spirit with sound doctrine instead. Follow the teachings of the Holy Ghost, as He is our teacher (Jn 14:26; Jn 16:13; I Cor. 2:10; 1 Jn 2:27).

To illustrate my point, I will quote a few things she wrote in her article. The writer begins her introduction with a mocking undertone describing Christians in church, with tears, shouts of “praise Jesus,” and hands up to receive his glory or spirit and all people had to do is “ask to receive him.”

Then she goes on to relate how she began to read her bible and was enlightened. In the process, she compares receiving Jesus to receiving the devil due to a sci-fi show she watched on TV where you had to invite the devil because he just can’t come in. She was reminded of how she heard in church that all you have to do to receive Jesus’ glory was to ask for it and that all this was a deception from Satan, along with the false “lofty promises” that you will be saved and have everlasting life.

She begins her interpretation of Revelations. In her interpretation, she describes Peter and Paul as being “the second beast with the two horns in Rev 13:11” that “made the inhabitants of the earth worship the beast.” She also describes the beast of the sea with the life of Jesus. In the same paragraph she connects the blood of Jesus in the Holy Communion with the “drinking the blood of the cup of abominations/adultery” and goes on to describe how she almost vomited when she realized what communion really meant.

She continues by saying Jesus is not God, and in so many words that Christians are an abomination in God’s eyes for worshiping Jesus as God, and then refers back to what God says in Deuteronomy 13. Then she shows her contempt for the New Testament by saying “Jesus never said to abandon the old laws…that was later in the new testament.”

To make it clear, the New Testament does not say to abandon the old laws but that Jesus came to fulfill the law (Mt 5:17; Mt 12:17-21; Lk 4:18-21; also in Isa 42:1-4). Through Jesus, a new everlasting covenant was established (Isa 55:3; Isa 59:20; Jer 31:31-34; Jer 32:38-40; Eze 16:62-63; Heb 8:1-13), and we are now justified by faith.

As to Jesus not being God, this is another area where some do not have a clear understanding of Scripture. Some people will argue that Jesus never said He was God. However, Jesus never said He was a man either, yet He was. Why else would the Pharisees and teachers of the Law accuse Jesus of blaspheming? Although they did not want to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, they understood perfectly what Jesus was saying. I can quote quite a number of verses that will prove my point, but that would make another hub.

However, what nearly blew me away was when she wrote that Jesus came to be a “test” for us from God to see if we truly love God and refers back to Deuteronomy 13. According to her, Jesus came to earth to “separate God’s followers from other followers.” Therefore, if I understand her correctly, since Christians believe Jesus and God to be one and the same and Christians follow Jesus, Christians failed the “test.”

She explains that the woman riding the beast is the church, and at one point she adds, she is not the woman riding the beast or the anti-christ, nor is she crazy. Apparently this writer has been accused before of being the anti-christ because she is making it clear she is not.

In fact, she excuses herself from being called an anti-christ because she claims anyone going against the apostles and their epistles, as she is, will be called anti-christs. She then goes to accuse John the Apostle of being a deceiver who preached to others to follow Jesus, and condemns him for not sticking to his Jewish roots and follow the one true God.

If this hasn’t made you shake your head by now, maybe this will. She sums up Revelations 15 by saying that “Christians who follow Jesus and call on him, are the sacrifices for God’s wrath so that his chosen may be spared.“ Therefore, according to what she writes, not only are Christians used by God to spare His chosen, but as Christians we are also destined for God’s wrath because we follow Jesus instead of God.

The twisted and corrupted interpretation of Revelation and other scripture continued in her article, and I will not add them here as I think this is sufficient for me to make my point. Neither is her identity important because there are many that believe as she, although she identifies herself as an independent follower of the One True God.”

It suffices to say that this writer does not really know Jesus Christ, who was sent not as a “test” as she claims but as our savior. Jesus' message to His people did bring division, the truth always does, but her assumption of His coming to this world as the Son of God to be a “test” is not accurate.

God came in the flesh as the Son of God to bring salvation to mankind. Because He became the ultimate sacrifice, we are made righteous in Him and are able to stand before God and have communion with Him. At the cross, He completed what He came to do and tore the curtain (of the temple) (Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38: Luke 23:45) that separated us from God due to sin. Even the most simple-minded uneducated Christians know this.

There is no question and no doubt in my mind who Jesus is; it is very clear. Out of Jesus own words, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7 (NIV)

In the Gospels, Jesus called out His disciples and said to them “follow me.” He didn’t do this to “test” them to see if they would abandon their love for God and idolize Him instead. To imply this, is absurd. There is no deceit in Jesus, and God doesn’t tempt anyone to commit sin (Jas 1:13).

Furthermore, to condemn the New Testament and their writers is saying the writers were uninspired by God, and I feel this is an abomination in itself. This tells me that this woman does not have a clear understanding of Scripture. The teachings of the gospels and epistles harmonize with the writing and the prophesies foretold in the Old Testament.

So, I end with a final warning to those who have ears to hear, beware of who you lend your ears to and who you follow. As Peter writes in his letter to the exiled saints in 2 Peter 3:16, where he cautions against those who twist Paul’s writings “…His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” (NIV)

Peace and Love in Christ Jesus.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Wow, that person is really confused and has so much skewered. Perhaps she also has been listening to ones who lead her into false and evil teachings.These are why nothing takes the place of us reading and studying the Bible ourself. Combined with prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit, we can all understand. It is easier for people to just let someone else tell them what to believe. This is very scary stuff that woman wrote. I am glad I didn't see it.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

My thoughts exactly! It was troubling reading her interpretation of Scripture. She criticized Christians of doing the same thing, of listening to pastors, etc. yet she herself was listening to the devil himself twisting what she read in the Bible.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Aley Martin 5 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

There are two types of arguments. One is inquiry, or openminded questioning, The other is apologetics, or defenders of faith without question. One cannot argue successfully with an apologetic, they are out in left field.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Aley,

Thanks for reading and commenting. I rather do neither without the prompting and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In this case, through prayer, wisdom dictated the path I took.


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Your Deja Vu 5 years ago from St Petersburg

It's very strange how people will interpret the same things in very different ways. In fact...you wanted to point out that this woman had interpretated things in the wrong way....Who is to say which is right and wrong?

I know....as you said above....we will lisen to his voice and follow. I have never actually heard Gods voice even though I have tried very hard. For those who say they have heard Gods voice....isn't that just their interpretation of what they believe?

I am one who like to evaluate any given situation and not just go on faith!!!! I am curious as our scientists around the world continue to explore and find more and more information about humans and our past.

Recently a discovery was made where a civilization was found to exist with extraordinary abilities and this dated back 12,000 years.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

FD,

Thanks for this timely and informative article. It's sad that the plain teaching of the Word of God was missed so completely by this woman. God's Word is clear when we are led by the Holy Spirit. The fact that this hub was confusing to so many seems to indicate a different leader other than the Holy spirit. I'll leave it there. Thanks again for your insight and courage.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Your Deja Vu,

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. The entire of content of her article had many flaws when you compare it to what historical Christianity teaches, that is what the early Church fathers taught in the first century. Much of the personal interpretations of the Bible you see nowadays are a result of unbelief, ignorance, and/or a lack of good hermeneutics. Many want to re-write the Bible to mean what they want it to mean, and not what it actually says.

When we follow Christ, we follow Him through Scripture... what was written for us to follow. God not only speaks to His people through the Bible (His Word), but also many times through that little voice many call conscience, through someone who hugs you and cries with you and gives you a word of encouragement, through that inexplicable joy and strength you feel when everything around you is going wrong, through a song, etc.

Of course, you have the free will to live and believe as you chose, and I agree science has made many interesting discoveries; I am one that likes Science. However, behind all the wonders that scientists are discovering now, I see something mightier... a creator who brought it all into being.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Lifegate,

Thank you for commenting. You are correct, God's Word is clear when we are led by the Holy Spirit; it is quite possible that there was more behind it than the eye could see. God bless!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

It amazes me how some who know so much of the Word miss the truth in it. How can one quote from the New Testament as validation for an argument yet mock its central message of God dwelling with men in the person of Christ.

we must be Berean like and measure any teaching with what the scriptures are saying.

God is not the author of confusion. this deception you describe seems to be full of confusion.

May we always maintain our loyalty and faithfulness to Jesus that we would not be deceived.

A good exhortation to keep our spiritual senses and knowledge sharp.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi Tamarajo,

Yes, you are correct; it was full of confusion and definitely not of God. I have noticed how some will take from the Bible what they want to use and discard the rest to fit their interpretations. People like to make-up their own religion as they go along, and then some will ask why there are so many religions.

Thanks for stopping in and commenting.


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magodis 5 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Im also a false preacher. I teach my colleagues how I want Christians should lead to God than what happens now. May be Im wrong. But it works. many people change their lives for better. So I continue writing and started writing to hubs. In future many will see the way to meet God. I kindly ask to take part in commenting them with your views. God Bless!


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Magodis,

I'm not sure if I understand you correctly when you say you are a false preacher. Are you saying that you are leading others to God with deception or trickery? If that is what you mean, then I must warn you that you are going against the will of God; this is not the way to lead people to God. There should be no deception in the things of God. A lying tongue is one of seven things God hates (Prov 6:16). Deception of any kind is not of God but of the devil.

A righteous person leads others to God by teaching repentance and obedience to God not through scheeming or deceptive ways, otherwise they are teaching a different gospel (Gal 1:6-12). Anyone that comes in the name of God to lead others and does not use truth according to what the Bible teaches, must stop and repent. The Bible is very clear about this and warns us that every man will have to give an account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken (Mat 12:36).


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

There are things that we have yet to have full understanding of and there are false teachers. There is a man on Facebook called the Master Prophet or Master Prophet. First of all that is un-scriptual. He claims to be a born again christian, but teaches that pologomy is an acceptable lifestyle for believers. I was shocked to see how many foolish women agreed with him. The only way one could accept something like this is they have to completely throw out the New Testament. So so there are many who would rather believe a lie than the truth. 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thess 2:9-12 (KJV)


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

2bsure,

Likewise I am astonished at how many people tend to follow others that are obviously teaching false doctrine. It is a strong delusion, as Scripture tells us, that befalls these people because they have rejected truth.

Thank you for the visit and commenting. God bless!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Faithful Daughter You go sister. I am so grateful you wrote this hub. I think of new Christians reading the hub and getting all mixed up. Just to toss this in it si so important to finish the hubs we read because one does not want to miss anything inbetween the lines. Especially when one writes a hub to share the good news of Salvation and the Gospel truth. I can see where one could be shortsighted. Jesus tells us to watch and since His return is closer the warfare is on big time. In His Glorious Name Jesus Christ I thank you for writing this and sharing that the enemy is tricky. Believers we will be OK we know the truth and the truth has set us free. Keep on Faithful Daughter. U will Phil 4:13 Sending and warm hug from your sis in Christ. Love ya.

voted up across the board.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

skye2day,

You are so right when you say that it is "important to finish the hubs we read..." Even a seasoned Christian can miss the erroneous doctrine between the lines if they don't carefully read to the end the message. Satan is very crafty in his ways. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and protect the new Christians that are being exposed to lies.

Thank you for coming by and uplifting me with your comment, and also for the vote. God bless you my dear sister!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

FD back at u sista

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