Thursday, December 27, 2007

False teachers

There are plenty of people who are continually pointing out to me which teachers of the scriptures are false teachers.
I've read through the scriptures again. I am having trouble figuring out where they come up with the false teacher label.

Help me out here. What are the signs of a false teacher?

15 comments:

Pablo said...

Check out 1Timothy 1:1-11 and 2Peter 2:1-3.

Hope that addresses your question.

layneh said...

Keep in mind this:

Matthew 24:24 "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible."

Reinforced in Mark 13:22 "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible."

Notice the key here is IF that were possible. The Elect, or sons of God, will be educated in the teachings of Christ, and shall know discernment between the truth and lies. This is why it is important to know your spiritual gifts, and be sharp as a two edged sword, for the devil prowls around seeking to destroy, and those who are strong, and are held accountable are harder to bring down.

Timm said...

more to consider:

1 Timothy 6:3-5
Colossians 2:8

Good question Roland. I'm going study up on this one.

Geppy said...

So, here is the "mushy" answer. The Spirit in you will scream at the falseness. You just know inside whether something is true or false.

Example, true or false.

"You are gods."

It is stated in Scripture, but is it saying that we are all gods?

layneh said...

"It is stated in Scripture" verse?

Anonymous said...

False teacher is anyone that teaches lies about the bible.

FALSE PROPHETS - those who falsely claim to utter revelations that come from God, to foretell future events, or to have God’s power to produce miracles, signs, and wonders. In the Bible, false prophets fell into three general categories: (1) those who worshiped false gods and served idols; (2) those who falsely claimed to receive messages from the Lord; and (3) those who wandered from the truth and ceased to be true prophets.

Geppy said...

Layne, I will let you look up the verses. It is original in the OT and Jesus himself quotes it in the NT.

Timm said...

let's not play that game Geppy. I can't think of anywhere where that is stated in scripture. fill us in, would ya?

Geppy said...

Timm, it is not a game. I am asking that you use the resources that are at your finger tips to look up a DIRECT quote.

For example, I just went to Google and searched for those exact words and it came up with numerous quotes.

Geppy said...

Anyway, the quote itself is irrelevant. It was taken out of context as an example of something that is obviously a false interpretation/teaching that is taught today.

Roland said...

God said it about us.
The "Ye are gods" verse.
Use BibleGateway. Awesome resource. And you get the context of the verse in both instances.
Too often we take stuff out of context. And looking at the source where its taken from is beneficial.
I agree with Geppy's approach on this.

MrsDarcy_MrsDarcy said...

I think you can tell a false teacher by their motivations. Are they serving and giving of themselves, or are they hungry for control or something else?

Timm said...

Sorry Geppy, I misunderstood your point. I'll shut up now. :)

MikeT said...

The simple answer, aside from the scripture already referenced, is that you will know them based on their words and deeds. You will know that they are false teachers when they contradict the Bible, and their actions make you very wary around them.

Fairelight Silverwings said...

First John gives us the answers to that. Basically, it says that anyone who says Jesus is the Christ, and that He came in the flesh is of God. Also, anyone who is born of God does what is right, and loves his brother.


In chapter 2, verse 22, it says, (concerning antichrists)
22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

1 John 4
Test the Spirits
1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

He repeats this warning in 2nd John:

7Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9Anyone 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. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

I John 3:10
10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

So, really, that main doctrine, and the purity of the person's life are the 2 main criteria we have. We may not totally approve of someone or totally agree with their doctrine, but the rule here is pretty narrow, and our rights to make an accusation are pretty limited, aren't they?