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How Do You Identify False Teachers?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” – Romans 16:17, KJV

Identifying and confronting false teachers is extremely unpopular today. But Scripture calls Christians to discern truth from error, providing guidelines for identifying and dealing with those who try to corrupt Christ’s church with false doctrine. John MacArthur elaborates on this in the following audio.

Governments recognize the necessity of protecting their citizens. The church should be even more vigilant against spiritual terrorists, especially in light of what’s at stake—people’s souls.

The Strange Fire conference will equip believers to spot false teachers and their destructive heresies. For more information about Strange Fire, please visit the conference website.

GTY Staff

 


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#2  Posted by Gary Lee Fennimore  |  Wednesday, July 24, 2013at 1:04 PM

I have a question about so called Christians that start out true to the Word of GOD and then over time dismiss or ignore doctrines and eventually become apostates. When or what is the definitive action or moment when their once sound faith and beliefs become twisted or apostate? An observed public example; Rob Bell who is definitely apostate now. A few years back Rob seemed true to the Scriptures because I knew him. When does one cross that line and what marks them for our eventual discernment? What of eternal security beyond examining your faith?

#3  Posted by Sean Lov  |  Wednesday, July 24, 2013at 9:26 PM

How Do You Identify False Teachers?

The answer according to Scripture,

1) TEST EVERYTHING I SEE, HEAR, THINK, BELIEVE

- But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21, 22)

- 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 John 4:1)

- Example: 1 Kings 13:18-24

2) I ASK GOD FOR WISDOM

- If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

- Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; (Proverbs 2:3-6)

- Example: 1 Kings 3:9

3) I SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES DILIGENTLY

- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

- For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

- For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

- Example: Acts 17:11

4) I DO NOT LISTEN TO FALSE TEACHERS

- "For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. (Jeremiah 29:8)

- "But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers who speak to you, saying, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon.' (Jeremiah 27:9)

- Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon,' for they are prophesying lies to you. (Jeremiah 27:14)

- Example: Galatians 1:9

How important is it to be practicing this? God warns us plainly:

THE SPIRIT CLEARLY SAYS THAT IN LATER TIMES SOME WILL ABANDON THE FAITH AND FOLLOW DECEIVING SPIRITS AND THINGS TAUGHT BY DEMONS. (1 Timothy 4:1)

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (Matthew 7:15)