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False Teachings in the Church

Updated on June 3, 2013

You Would not Believe the Percentage of Teachings in the Church that are False

That is what the Holy Spirit told me one day. I prayed about something else entirely. And, the Holy Spirit inserted this piece of knowledge, "You would not believe the percentage of teachings in the church that are false."

I stopped praying. I just sat, stunned. I immediately realized that I would have easily believed fifty percent of teachings in the church are incorrect. After all, that is what set me free from the Roman Catholic church. I started reading the Bible. I quickly understood catholic teachings differ greatly from Jesus' teachings.

I thought, "If I would easily believe 50% are false, what is the real number?"

For the next several years, I wondered what the real number might be. But, I was afraid to ask.

More than 80% of Church Teachings are False

Finally, about a year ago, almost 8 years after the initial conversation, I boldly asked, "Is it more than eighty percent?"

"Yes," the Holy Spirit answered.

Again, the information stunned me. I realized no one would want to hear that, or even accept it. Again, I stopped asking.

Jesus will return from Heaven riding on the clouds in great glory. His angels will harvest the those God gave to Jesus. He will return with the same body in which he ascended.
Jesus will return from Heaven riding on the clouds in great glory. His angels will harvest the those God gave to Jesus. He will return with the same body in which he ascended. | Source

Moses Feared

Moses and the Burning Bush
Moses and the Burning Bush | Source

99.99% of All Teachings in the Church are False

Several years after the first conversation, the Holy Spirit finished the lesson.

As I often did, I pondered the question, "What percent would I actually believe are false teachings?" I wondered how many things taught in the church are actually incorrect.

A Bad Sermon on the Second Coming of Jesus

I recalled a sermon I heard at St. James UMC in Athens Georgia. A pastor got up and taught that Jesus would return through the womb, and that some woman, getting an abortion might actually kill the Second Coming of Jesus with an abortion. To support his case, he brought up that John the Baptist came via the womb, and that Jesus also came the first time through Mary's womb. And, therefore, he claimed, Jesus would come the second time through a womb.

"That is certainly a false teaching," I thought.

Moses' Fear

At the same church, in a Bible study, a fairly new Christian got up and gave a teaching that we should not be afraid in the presence of God. He based this on a passage relating the story of Moses and the burning bush. Because the scriptures there said nothing about Moses being afraid, he was not afraid, this man taught. At the conclusion, the small group clapped and congratulated him. Personally, I did not applaud.

When I returned home, I scanned the scriptures. The burning bush story is recorded in three places. In one of them, fear is not mentioned. In the other two, we are told Moses feared in the presence of God.

"Yes, there are false teachings in the church," I thought again as I remembered more and more incorrect sermons I had heard.

The Holy Spirit Explained 99.99%

When I finally decided I would accept whatever the Holy Spirit told me, and would share the information without concern of backlash, I broached the topic in prayer.

"Is it more than 80 percent?" I asked. "Is it more than 85 percent?"

The Holy Spirit corrected me in an assertive tone, "Don't list guesses. Just ask what the true number really is."

So, I asked, "What percentage of teachings in the church are false?"

"99.99 percent of all teachings in the church are false."

That answer really shook me. I understood what the Holy Spirit already knew: I really, truly, did not believe that number. When I believed 50%, I thought I might believe 75%. I even believed 80% when I asked about that level.

But, I did not believe 99.99% of all sermons in the church were false teachings.

I asked, "How can 99.99 percent be false?"

The Holy Spirit Explained

"They are false because they do not lead to the Father," he said.

I considered all the teachings and sermons I had heard in my life. I sat in many, many churches over the years as I sought God. "But, it does not seem to be that high," I managed to say.

"Do not think heuristically of your own experience," he told me. "I have caused you to find churches with right teachings. Your own experience is not a true indication of what is being taught in the churches."

A New Definition of False Teaching

Previous to the final explanation from the Holy Spirit, I believed an incorrect definition of a false teaching. When considering how many teachings were false, I pondered those teachings which I knew to be factually incorrect, without wisdom, or without an explanation received from the Holy Spirit, but from man, instead.

Now, Jesus' meaning of the following scripture is a little more clear:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

The point of every prophecy, and even the law, is to bring people to Jesus the Redeemer. All church teachings should be in the same spirit.


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      5 years ago

      My husband has decided he wants to start attending Lutheran church, in which he was raised. Since getting married, I became a follower of Jesus (haven't really found a group to fellowship with), and his decision greatly concerned me. He started taking our small children. I felt impressed by the Holy Spirit to accompany my family, so I did. This is a Lutheran church joined with an Episcopalian church. I was so, so disturbed. I had to keep telling my 4-yr old: "The Bible doesn't teach this... the Bible doesn't say that... ok?" Then my husband took them up to the altar to get "blessed" during "communion" (with choice of bread or sun-worship waifers) and I didn't know he was going to do that. When I saw them up there and the priest/pastor? was laying his hands on the children, I started praying hard against any curse he might be imparting. It was so disturbing to hear his message, which was homosexual-affirming and humanistic... nothing about repentance... nothing about following Jesus. The whole thing was so disjointed, just reading random scripture... now stand up, now sit down, now stand up, now give us money. As I sat there, with my heart sick, the Holy Spirit said to me, "You are here to be a light." I don't know how, but I guess that's my assignment. Of course, my husband thinks I am off my rocker. Young people! Walk with Jesus and follow Him as your Lord before you get married!!! You will save yourself a lot of heartache!!!

    • SwordofManticorE profile image


      5 years ago from Burlington

      I haven't left Him, but even if I did. I know He has not left me.

    • Man from Modesto profile imageAUTHOR

      Man from Modesto 

      5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      As long as you don't leave Jesus. The "church" isn't Jesus in most cases.

    • SwordofManticorE profile image


      5 years ago from Burlington

      That is the reason why I left the church.

    • celafoe profile image


      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      amen good word

    • Man from Modesto profile imageAUTHOR

      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)


      Yes, I have seen material gifts used to coax children, too. In Oakdale, the local AoG church gives away a bicycle at the end of each vacation bible camp. Around here, most churches have a few weeks of bringing children in during the summer. It's so common, they just say "VBS" and think everyone knows what that is.

      I shared two examples of my bad teachings in the article to show my thinking before the Holy Spirit explained. My thoughts were totally wrong. The Holy Spirit was not even addressing the parts which are factually incorrect, lack wisdom, or distort just a single passage to find something to say.

      Instead, the Holy Spirit said that if a teaching is not designed to lead people to God, it is a false teaching. So, even if a pastor stands up and delivers a perfect sermon- but his purpose is to glorify himself, it is a false teaching, and he is a false teacher. A person could stand up and deliver Jesus' sermon on the mount word for word, and still be a false teacher.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      You are correct they do have many very false teachings within the church. I have been astounded some of the things a church will do. We need to make sure that when we are listening to the sermon, we are also looking to God's word as well.

      I will never forget when I heard that a church "rewarded" children for becoming saved. They would give a child a bible if they came to know the Lord and asked Jesus in their hearts.

      One Sunday, one of the children I babysat truly did ask Jesus in her heart. You know, because of the change in behavior, the interest in the bible, etc. She received a bible. The following Sunday, her three siblings also "asked Jesus in their heart" at church.

      I have to admit, I was very suspicious of the sincerity of that. The truth laid somewhere around the human sin of greed.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      An informative and inspirational read. Here people were repressed for so long and churches were banned during occupation that I shudder to think what they are now talking about in the churches here. I pray to God each day and I have my Bible and my faith and I let God guide me each day. I do miss church services at Christmas time. Perhaps I'll give it a try this year. Passing this on.

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Enjoyable and insightful read -- thanks! Best/Sis

    • Man from Modesto profile imageAUTHOR

      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)


      Thanks for the comment. There are many, many problems. Yes, as you quoted Joshua 7:13, part of the problem is people keeping their sin. Another part is serving the desires of the people, as you mention with "fast food" sermons. Another problem is the wolves... they did sneak in unaware. Many pastors go to the Mason lodge on Saturday night and worship "the Great Architect", who is actually Satan. Then, they go to the pulpit on Sunday and preach. Another problem is pastors bending the knee to "the World Council of Churches", or other rule-making bodies instead of seeking God exclusively to receive the doctrines taught.

      But, the reason fewer than 1 in 10,000 is a right teaching is because 9,999 of those teachings do not lead people to God. That is something we all must do and encourage one another to do: pray, study the scriptures, and seek our Father every day, and multiple times per day. We need to glorify Him as we walk in his name.

      Thanks again for the post. Peace.

    • PlanksandNails profile image


      6 years ago

      Most teachings in the church are completely irrelevant to the times we are in. The masses are used to consuming "fast-food".

      "Fast food" is relentlessly targeted to the church audience as a politically correct dietary choice that promotes pluralistic unity over being in one accord with the Most High. The epidemic is increasing exponentially.

      It is time for the true followers of Jesus Christ to take responsibility for what they are consuming. The "happy meals" are rubbing off on the next generation and building up insulin resistant drones.

      The sword of truth needs to be dusted off and wielded with confidence of the Holy Spirit that cuts through the apostasy.

      Joshua 7:13

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      6 years ago

      Good morning Man from Modesto.

      I agree one hundred percent. That is why it is so important to be diligent and pray for the Holy Spirits guidence to open our eyes to search the scripture and test all doctrine.

      God bless you.

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      Efficient Admin 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Incredible. Folks need to read the scripture for themselves over and over and the Holy Spirit will lead them to truth.


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