Learn the truth about false teachers

devilThis is such a powerful study guide/questionnaire to help you learn the truth about false teachers. There’s no denying we are contending with an abundance of them today. They are primarily attracted to the church by money, power, fame, prestige and control. Although such things lure them in, they are kept in power by self imposed ignorance (Hosea 4:6), passivity and biblical illiteracy.Β  Some false teachers carefully cultivate public images as teachers of righteousness, yet their personal lives are filled with sexual immorality, lies and manipulation of God’s people. Again their goal is personal gain.

Whether they are in the gay christian movement, prosperity hirelings, emergent church, or any other the other false Christian they are ravenous wolves seeking to steal your money and damage your soul.

One thing is for sure, you do not want to fall under the seductive control of a false teacher. If you dont, do your self a favor and become familiar with their tactics, motives, agenda and lifestyle through the bible’s expose of false teachers in the first century church. They battled with the same thing.

The questions come from a teaching by John MacArthur. At the link are answers to the questions, but make sure you look up the passages and read.

1. Who were the first false teachers eliminated from the church at Ephesus?

2. What was Timothy’s responsibility in Ephesus?

3. What is significant about the sentence structure of 1 Timothy 1:3-4?

4. What kind of authority did Paul grant Timothy in verses 3-4?

5. Why was Ephesus a key city in Asia Minor?

6. How many false teachers were exerting influence in the church at Ephesus? Why do they go unnamed?

7. Explain the meaning of the Greek verb translated “teach no other doctrine”.

8. What were the false teachers using as the basis of their teaching?

9. What was Timothy not to occupy his mind with (1 Tim. 1:4)?

10. How did Paul characterize the teaching of false teachers throughout his pastoral epistles?

11. What does Satan endeavor to do wherever God establishes truth?

12. What did the apostle Paul warn the Ephesian elders about (Acts 20:20- 32)?

13. How is false teaching subtle?

14. What is the effect of questions that false teachers stir up ?

15. What are essentially the two religions in the world? What do they teach?

16. What was Paul’s analysis of any teaching that is contrary to the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:8;)?

17. What does God desire to see in the church? Support your answer with Scripture.

18. What three things produces love? Explain each one.

19. What is the goal of a false teacher?

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18 thoughts on “Learn the truth about false teachers

  1. I recently heard Paula White making a statement about covenants and anointings. She was collecting an offering for Kim Clement and said that if the people sowed into Kim’s ministry, that they would receive the residue from his mantle.
    I quote her here: “The anointing that you place a demand on (by what you “covenant” with) is the anointing that you have a right to walk in.”

    What are your thoughts on this “teaching”? It seems to me that many “leaders” in the body of Christ are teaching that you can exchange a financial seed offering for an anointing. That this is a prinipal of covenant relationships.

  2. @pressing4word, that’s a principle covenant of
    “snake-oil-salesmanship” at it’s finest!

    1 Timothy 6:5
    Useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

  3. pressing, Im gonna answer that with Acts 8:

    9Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is the divine power known as the Great Power.” 11They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. 12But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
    14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into[c] the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

    18When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

    20Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

    Paula White and crew are practicing sorcery and enticing others to engage in it. These false teachers want (1) your money (2) destroy your soul. Anytime you can identify these two goals, you can determine the reason for their false teachings.

  4. That was the first scripture that came to my heart …

    Simon was after the anointing and thought he could purchase it with money.

    There is no difference in this story.

    Sadly, until Jesus woke up out of a spiritual coma a few years ago, I used believe the same thing. I pray that the eyes of those deceived will be opened and they will repent publicly.

    It’s so important for people to study the Word of God and make sure anything they “buy into” lines up with the Bible and New Testament practices.

  5. @ GCMWatch Author and the others ~thank you for exposing this wicked practice with TRUE application of scripture. Those were the exact responses I was hoping for. These false teachers need to be called out.

    ~You cannot pay for an anointing. It is free and is a result of your daily walk with Christ!
    ~You cannot pay for spiritual giftings. They are free and are given to whom HE chooses!
    ~You cannot “partner” for a special blessing transfer. These unclean profits use their TBN connections to pimp “words” to eachother. You know…to keep their ship floating just a little while longer!
    ~Jesus Christ is the head of the church -he is the Great Shepherd and Overseer of my soul. Man is there to govern was God places him over -not conquer! He hates the Deed of the NICOLATIONS -which means to conquer the laity.

  6. Amen, pressing4word, there are no if ands and buts about it!
    I remember a couple of years back Rod Parsley was selling his anointing for $1000 per person. Here’s how the scam worked. He had these swords that he would pray over, then transfer his “anointing” to. You then sent him the grand (two payments if you couldnt do the entire amount at once) then he would send you the sword. And you had to mount the sword up in your house and viola! you (and your home presumably) would have Rod Parsley’s anointing! I guess to ward off evil spirits and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    Why arent these people being prosecuted for these religious ponzi schemes?

  7. Opps – I wrote, “Sadly, until Jesus woke up out of a spiritual coma a few years ago, I used believe the same thing.”

    I meant until Jesus woke ME up out of a spiritual coma…..

    Thankfully, Jesus was, is and always will be “awake” πŸ™‚

    GCMW: LOL @ Rebecca!!! Thanks for clearing that up. I read it but didnt know what to think of it. πŸ™‚

  8. GCMWATCH – you asked…..”Why arent these people being prosecuted for these religious ponzi schemes?”

    Could it be that many christians are too lazy and want to obtain spiritual gifts the easy way … by writing a check and placing a sword or whatever in their home, instead of turning off the TV, computer and cell phones and immersing themselves in the Word of God and researching it for themselves and giving their time in prayer and fasting … seeking the Lord?

    Maybe, “they” aren’t being called out because most people really hope it works that way.

    It is much easier to write a check, than to give of your time.

  9. Excellent point Rebecca. Not too many “Bereans” around today that will actually study the scriptures for themselves to make sure what these false shepherds are spewing out actually lines up with the Word. Pulpit-fed “christians” are what keeps these “salesmen/women” in business…and I stress “business!”

  10. The funny thing about it is: If you need a breakthrough or have a need–sow a seed. If I or my ministry is strapped for cash–I get on television and beg for you to donate to my ministry??? This sickens me to see such hypocrisy. This sow a seed mess is a win win situation-for the rich preacher. But they will pay for this at the end if they don’t repent of this practice.

  11. Here’s ONE of my conversations with a “pulpit pimp”..aka “seed-sowing pusher”…

    ME -“Ok, let me get this straight…If I give you a check for $700 on the 7th day of this month…then God will restore my marriage?”
    PULPIT PIMP -“YES! That’s exactly it! Attach your faith to your giving! Release what’s in your hand and God will release what’s in His! Your marriage will be restored because you sowed a seed into GOOD ground!”
    ME -“OK..sounds easy! No real effort on my part. Just give a $700 seed to your ministry and God will restore my marriage!”
    PULPIT PIMP -“EXACTLY!”
    ME -“So, if that teaching will save my marriage…WHY DIDN’T IT WORK IN SAVING YOURS???? I mean if it were that simple..either you didn’t sow a “big” enough seed OR you’re motives for divorce were UNGODLY and the truth is not in you. Which is it?”

    *The problem I having with these sort of teachings if that it requires no accountability or no true change of nature. It’s just works! Making it sound relgious by putting dates on it or bringing old testament stuff in (like sow Jan’s income), etc. I’m NOT against giving. But these seducing teachers take a healthy principle out of the Word of God and twist it in error for their own GAIN! The body of Christ needs to wake up! These false teachers look PROSPEROUS! Yes, see..God’s blessing is working in my ministry…look at my big building, my connections, etc. BUT THE ONLY REASON THEY “LOOK BLESSED” IS BECAUSE YOU KEEP FINANCIALLY GIVING TO THEM AND THEY RUN A “GOOD BUSINESS”. hello????

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