A Pandemic of False Teachers

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A Pandemic of False Teachers

We are currently battling the Corona Virus pandemic.  However, there is an even more dangerous pandemic.  It is a pandemic of false teachers.  Jesus warned us four times in Matthew 24 that false teachers would be prevalent in the end times.  He said they will be dressed as sheep, but inwardly, they are wolves.  We need to take His words seriously.

Now that many cities are on orders to shelter in place, other than for emergent needs, some ministries are coming out to offer us free resources.  While it may look good to have free resources available, the eternal cost may be too great.

We are told in 1 John 4:1 to test the spirits because many false teachers will arise.  However, here’s the catch:  If you aren’t diligent to study your bible, you won’t be able to discern if they are preaching the true Jesus, or the Jesus of another gospel that Paul speaks of in Galatians 1.  We are to be able to rightly divide the Word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15)  This means spending much time studying the Word.

We are told in Acts 20:29 that savage wolves would come into the church.  These wolves will look and act like true Christians.  They will transform themselves into apostles of Christ, just like Satan appears as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:13-14)  Satan is sneaky, and his false apostles will use Christian words and phrases in a deceptive manner to lead us astray.

2 Peter 3:17 gives us a warning to be on our guard so we aren’t carried away by their errors.  How do we do that?  The answer lies in the next verse:  We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Before you fall prey to the pandemic of false teachers that are so popular today, I would like to recommend that you research the author first.  Michelle Lesley has some fabulous information on her website:  https://michellelesley.com/popular-false-teachers/ .  However, I also want to add a word of caution – she is also a Calvinist, and I find their doctrine concerning because Calvinists believe that Jesus only died for some.  They believe the “whosoever” in John 3:16 doesn’t really mean “whosever.”  With their beliefs, the angel’s announcement of good tidings to all men really wasn’t for all.   If you stick to only her section on false teachers, you should be safe.  She has some really in depth information on many popular false teachers.

I have also researched several popular false teachers on my blog.  If you use my search box, you might find the information you want.

If you want some good, solid teaching that doesn’t contradict scripture, I highly recommend Cynthia Heald for women.  Elizabeth George is also very solid in her teaching.  I consider her one of my mentors.  I also recommend materials by NavPress or the Navigators.

2 John 1:10-11 give us a strong warning not to welcome those who bring a different doctrine because if we do, we share in their evil deeds.  This is why it is imperative for us to be good stewards of the Word and not fall prey to the pandemic of false teachers.

© 2020, Stacy R. Miller

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