Do You Have A Favorite False Teacher?

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There are days when I don’t feel like posting anything. When God hasn’t put something on my heart to write about. I usually will spend the time instead, reading the many posts here about God, Jesus, Bible, Christianity, etc. I enjoy encouraging other believers by leaving positive comments. One of the things I’m noticing is that there’s a common trend among Christian bloggers to recommend an evangelist, bible teacher, Christian author or speaker and include a YouTube video or audio. If I happen to disagree with a doctrine they expound, instead of discussing it with me, they will send me a link to their favorite teacher. I usually do not listen to podcasts because I don’t know if that person who is preaching is of God. I would have to do research on them and find out what all they believe.

Allowing someone to teach us requires discernment and much Bible checking. Although discernment is a spiritual gift, it is something every believer needs to pray for. Just because a man or woman teaches from the Bible or says something that sounds scriptural, does not necessarily mean they are born again. There are plenty of examples of men who have stood behind pulpits who weren’t (aren’t) saved.

There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite Bible teacher or pastor. I have one that I listen to all the time: Les Feldick. He has taught the Bible for some 60 years. When I first began to listen to him, I was really cautious. I never trust anyone right away. It took a little time before I discerned that Feldick rightly divides the word of God. He is nothing like these young preachers today who give motivational speeches in order to become popular and cheer everybody up. They just sprinkle in a few Bible verses to make everything sound legit.

Just because someone teaches a doctrine that is true, does not always mean that person is truly a believer. For example, I met a guy recently who has a beautiful Christian website and his posts are often spot on scripturally. A few weeks ago, he gave a link to a podcast by a popular preacher who teaches hyper-grace. Hyper-grace is the belief that a Christian never needs to confess their sins to God. They just ignore them and keep moving. This is a dangerous teaching because it can delay blessings, hurt our walk with God and hinder our prayers from being heard. I don’t know if my friend is even aware that this man is a false teacher. Perhaps he heard something good that this man had said and now he follows him.

The apostle Paul had much to say in Galatians and Ephesians about following false teachers and a different gospel.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

17 thoughts on “Do You Have A Favorite False Teacher?

  1. Grace Reigns

    What verse for today tells us to confess our sins? Why if they were all forgiven already at Calvary would we need to confess them each time? I don’t think that not “confessing” our sins either at the moment of believe or in our later walk will hinder us in our growth. I do see how that form of keeping short accounts such as was required for Israel and will be again in the future is mixing law and grace and the true hindrance. Constantly confessing every single sin individually so as to try and avoid missing one is a work and is saying in a sense that God won’t fully forgive them unless we tell Him we did it or confess them. But that’s not what the gospel says. It says when all our sins were forgiven at the Cross they were all future, all forgiven and in God’s eyes all already forgotten – we should follow His example and just move on not repeating the sin anymore. No need to make ourselves feel good by making a big deal about it when God’s already forgiven and forgotten it. That’s kinda acting like my littles on Sundays when they do something bad then fix it and run to tell me all about it wanting praise – “Mrs. Ranna, did you see I hit him cause he wanted the puwple crayun but then he cwied and I saw he was sad so I said sowwy and gave him the puwple crayun. I did good didn’t I?”

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    1. Confessing in not the same as asking for forgiveness. I believe God often times does not hear or answer our prayers if we have sin in our life. For example, if we gossip about our neighbor or have an ugly argument with them, we should never just let it slide. While it’s true we do not need to ask for forgiveness because that’s been settled at the cross of Christ, we do need to confess if we have sinned and then ask God to help us turn from it. I do hope you are not an advocate of hyper grace. These folks have no guilty conscience. They just ignore it and keep going.

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      1. I don’t ignore when I’ve sinned but I understand completely that all my sins were fully forgiven on the cross and cast into hell when Jesus left them there and that God already knew what I did even more than I do. I also understand that God is not imputing sin to us but instead sees us in His perfect Son and no where does it say to list our sins in confession today. So instead of confessing (definition means to name or list something) so to speak and possibly forgetting something I acknowledge that I messed up, apologize and move on making a point to avoid doing the same thing again. There is support for this approach in the instructions for us today but not for literally naming every single sin we can think of off to God or when I feel convicted. (Show me the verses that teach confession in the sense you are referring to, I see simply passages such as Romans 3:28, 6:14-15, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, etc.

        Hypergrace advocates living in sin as in continuing to sin that grace may around, it is not just acknowledging your sin and not doing it again.

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      2. Telling God we know we are wrong or sorry for sins is not confession. Confession means acknowledgment of guilt and a listing of offenses publicly, openly – that is exactly what the nation of Israel had to do in order to identify themselves with Christ along with water baptism as part of their salvation as well as total law keeping, it is not part of the plan for the body of Christ today. And following any part of Israels program does hinder us today as it puts us back in bondage to the law and thus frustrates grace. Not mention that if unconfessed (according to the actual definition) sins can keep us from having prayers answered then no prayers would ever get answered because noway could we ever “confess” them all. Or do you only confess the biggies, some small ones, if you do all of them then you would never get anything else done cause we all commit sins all the time but we might not even realize it, we might tell a white lie, or loose our temper, or think an unkind thought. Do you see what I am saying. Israel will be kept from these petty things supernaturally by the Holy Spirit just as they were during the Acts period; we are sealed by the Spirit and He dwells in us but He doesn’t control us. Saying to God privately we are sorry is not confession, it is just the walk and relationship we have in Christ with God. Grace makes it so we are free to say we messed up and are sorry then move forward, learning through Gods word, not a feeling or inner or outer voice, but the written word that is sure and trustworthy to not return to that behavior but to walk ever more solidly in who we are in Christ.

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    2. God Hunter Zero

      1 John 1:5-10
      5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

      8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

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  2. I too have my favorite Bible teachers, but strongly believe we need to have our own personal relationship with Christ and Read the Bible for ourselves. That way we will know when someone is saying something that is not true.

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  3. I enjoyed your post. I would like to share something ,years ago I had a dream ,I was walking through a run down house with spider webs through it etc…,in the middle of the house was two red books on a table one was the Bible the other skinnier in width with illegible ( to me) writing scrolled on the cover. I knew I would not understand the Bible unless I read the skinnier book first. The skinny book was the Holy Spirit.
    Years after that I started studying the Bible because I also did not trust. The Lord led me to word story and what I call scripture on scripture, in which the Lord leads me to confirm scriptures to find the answers..I have learned a great deal.Lord bless.

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  4. hearmorefromgod

    Amen – unforgiveness, , unconfessed or unrepented sin, making agreements with the enemy by believing and acting on lies, idolatry – not just stone or wood, but fame, power, money…many things can hinder our prayer life.

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    1. I agree that there are things that can hinder our prayer life and not confessing to God when we sin is one of them. There’s a danger for a Christian to think that because we are forgiven completely by God the moment we come to the cross by faith, that we do not need to ever confess. What will happen in time is that one’s heart can become callused. One could end up taking this forgiveness for granted. I believe God does not answer when we have unconfessed sins in our lives. We must acknowledge them, give them to God and ask Him to help us with it.

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  5. Hyper-grace is not a problem. His grace is so beyond what we can comprehend. It is when people have come into bondage to self-deception that it becomes a problem. Psalms 19:12-13 “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” If someone uses grace to give license to sin, they have allowed presumptuous sins to have dominion over themselves. Many are in bondage to self-deception. Like trusting in the once saved always saved doctrine. Their faith is in a teaching more than in the Lord, so they think they have a license to sin.

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    1. Scriptures do not teach hyper grace. It teaches we should confess when we sin, not because we must ask for forgiveness since we are already forgiven if we are trusting in Christ alone, but because sins hurts our walk with God.

      The eternal security of the believer is taught in the scriptures. One is sealed to the Holy Spirit.

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