Traits of a False Teacher

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,” 1 Timothy 6:4

There is a growing movement of men and women who, by craftiness (deceitful means) are creeping into the church and beginning to teach things which are a false message. God began to deal with me last night (at the time of this writing) about false teachers and just who they are, their personalities, their traits and most importantly, their message.

As I stated before, there has been an influx of teachers within the body of Christ which are teaching heresies, namely, everything BUT the cross of Christ. Their cunning methods are hard to spot at times because they wrap themselves up in many forms; sometimes they might come in Patriotism, meaning, they come defending the flag of liberty and justice and political conservatism, or, they might come in a form where they portray the defense of the poor. Either way, they are coming in like a flood and they are deceiving many with their false ideas and false teachings.

The Apostle Paul laid out the personality traits of these false teachers in his letter to Timothy;

1. They are Proud. In essence what Paul was saying was, they (false teachers) have no ability to understand the true gospel, they pretend to have a superior knowledge of the truth, but their knowledge of the cross is grossly flawed, or non existent. They take pride in proving how intellectual they are, they can quote from great writers, entice people into a sense that what they are saying is right and true, but on the inside there is no substance.

2. He knows nothing. Despite his claims of Biblical truth, when a believer begins to take the time to investigate what the teacher is teaching, they begin to see, once they compare the false teachers message to the word, it never lines up with the gospel.

3. They are conspiracy teachers. Right now there is a big movement within our current culture of conspiracy theorists who do nothing but concoct ideas which are nothing more than foolish ideas, fantastical beliefs and imaginary fears which simply are not there. They do this for one reason – because fear is always productive, not to mention profitable. A false teacher can gain a quick following by simply ranting about the Government, produce information which is based on imaginary concepts like a shadow Government, black helicopters, UFOs and FEMA camps. But they gain the trust of believers first by using the word of God.

4. They are men-pleasers (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:1-4). They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart: “Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophecy no unto us right things: speak to us smooth things; prophecy deceits”‘ (Isa. 30:10).

5. False teachers make merchandise of their followers. “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). They eye your goods more than your good; and mind more the serving of themselves, than the saving of your souls. So they may have your substance, they care not though Satan has your souls (Rev. 18:11-13). That they may the better pick your purse, they will hold forth such principles as are very indulgent to the flesh. False teachers are the great worshippers of the golden calf (Jer. 6:13).

The traits of a false teacher are vast and broad and they endeavor to deceive as many as they can while they can and the people sadly desire it so. The word tells us in 1 Tim. 4:3 that “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”

Beware of these people, no matter how well they smile and comfort you with their enticing words and half truths, for if they never preach Christ and him crucified, if they never point men to the cross for salvation, if they never make the cross the object of our faith (what Christ did there), then run from them, no matter how popular they are, no matter how influential they are, how big their “ministry” is, or how they seem to be anointed, they are wolves, they are deceitful workers and from such stay away.

Christopher Gregory

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