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False Teachers in End Times

Updated on September 3, 2013
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by Amber Maccione

False Teachers

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV).

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits...” (Matthew 7:15-16a KJV).

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5, 11 KJV).

So what do false prophets do?

  • They speak heresies (an error in religion theology that speaks directly against or contradicts what the Bible says is true)


  • They deny the Lord (talk about other ways besides through Jesus to be saved)


  • They live a lifestyle that contradicts what the Bible says is a holy lifestyle and one above reproach (look at their fruit; does it reflect what the Bible says is good? Or do they live in sin and use Scripture to try and justify it?)


  • They ask you to give money or all about you giving money


  • They deceive many people (a wolf in sheep’s clothing)

I have my ideas on certain people that may be false prophets such as religious teachers accepting homosexuality and saying it is not a sin, always asking you to give money when they are driving around in lavish cars and living lavish lifestyles, and never talk about sin and hell and our need for Christ as our savior. I will not list or name a bunch of people for that is not my place to judge.

But I have given you a check list. When listening to someone who preaches what they say is the Word of God, make sure that you study it for yourself as well. Go through the check list and ask yourself if this should be a person you heed based on what the Bible warns me to be careful of.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      the flaw with your checklist is that you're basing it on your interpretation of scripture - or the interpretation that you were taught. From the very beginning of christianity, early church leaders have warned against "false teachers" for one reason or another. Paul called the Jerusalem apostles "false teachers" and these were people that supposedly walked with and lived with jesus himself. Scripture is open to interpretation, and the bible can be fit into supporting almost anything from slavery to gay rights - from misogyny to equal rights. It's a matter of interpretation and bias. The churches that support equal rights for women or homosexuals believe that they are scripturally based. They may be right or wrong, but who's to say? Just because someone disagrees with your favorite interpretation of the bible does not make them wrong - it makes them different. If christianity was unified, there wouldn't be over 30,000 denominations - all of whom disagree with each other. It's been that way since the very beginning, and until these differences are reconciled, there is no way to put forward your claims of heretical or "unbiblical" teachings.

      Not to mention the fact that the church has been anticipating the "end times" since biblical times. It has always been on the forefront of believer's minds, and it's no more likely to happen now than it was back then. Jesus told his disciples that the current generation would not pass before he came again, and that was over 2000 years ago. It would seem that prophecy was a bit unfounded.

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      Again, as I said in my article: Study For Yourself. I have provided Scripture and taken it word for word to make a check list. I never named names or made any claims as to you is or is not a false prophet. I am just heeding people to be aware and be careful that they are not following one or being deceived by one. To quote Scripture again: Many will say in those days Lord, Lord and He will turn to them and say I never knew you (Matthew 7:23). There are not multiple interpretations of the Bible. There is only one - the one that comes from the Spirit of God. That is why it is very important for people to read Scripture for themselves in context and pray to God for revelation. Not to just take someone's word for it.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      I have read it in the original languages, and your claim that it is not open to interpretation is silly. How do 30,000 different denominations exist within christianity if it's easy to interpret and understand? None of these denominations agree with each other on what scripture says - not one. If they agreed, they would not be separated. If there was one interpretation and one interpretation only, there would be ONE, united christianity - but that has never existed from the time of jesus to the present.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      I agree with you Amber, there are many false prophets out there and I for one can name a few, however revealed they will be.

      I wish the bible found and decoded was kept in the exact way the disciples wrote it, however what I do not understand is why there are a few changes. They all mean the same and stayed to the word of God, however so many people worded it differently and I think that is where the many different interpretations come in.

      However just like the shroud Turin found that now is the "real face of Jesus" that I have on my desktop, I really have to believe that God knew whose hands it was going to get in as he did with the his scriptures. God is a smart man he knows all hears all and sees all, he knows who is a false prophet and who isnt

      He knows whose hands to land certain things in.

      He knows there are many in sheep's clothing, however he also knows that the truth will be revealed about all these false prophets so he allows our free will to be tested.

      He made sure through all these decades that his word was preached by who he wanted to preach and be true to his word.

      I am quite sure if they were false prophecies God would find a way to not allow this to happen. As I stated above, he tests these people and eventually they suffer the consequences for their tests.

      Everyone ends up giving account for whatever they do on this earth now. He finds a way.

      Great hub

      Laurie

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      Inductive Study of God's Word is really good (Kay Arthur). Mark up key words in passages (ones that repeat, synonyms and pronouns included) - these help underline the main message of the chapter and eventually the book. Also, get a Hebrew and Greek Bible dictionary so you can look up original text and see the true meaning behind the words that were used back then. Kay Arthur has a lot of workbooks that help with these kinds of studies and are fun to do in small groups.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Thank you

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      Lauren 2 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your articles. I believe we are at the beginning of the end times but I think the end times will last much longer than any human predicts as our lives are a blink of an eye to God. I think this writing is very relevant to events happening now.

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