Should we expose false teachers?
Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) How can we know who are false prophets unless we judge them by the Word of God? Jesus tells us to “Beware”, to watch out for…
We are told in Ephesians 5:11, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
I continue to expose the false teachers who have a HUGE following. They are “word of faith” preachers, the health, wealth, and prosperity charlatans. People are deceived by them, you have people from all over following them slopping up the slop they spew.
But scripture tells us why, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
They come as angels of light, their teachings feed the flesh, the self. In today’s time, it’s all about me, myself, and I… then Jesus…
Give me the desires of my heart and I will be happy, yet they remain, slaves, slaves to their own lusts. They fill these charlatan’s bellies by giving them what they themselves want… “Money”.
They think they can sow a vow (money offering) for peace, for happiness, for joy, for their children, for a new home, new car, health, wealth, and prosperity. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. (2 Peter 2:3)
Yet, they continue to be left wanting, they didn’t have enough faith is the reason they didn’t get their harvest.
These false teachers can teach anything they want, they can add to and twist scripture to mean whatever they want and their followers eat it up because they do not examine, they do not test, and they dare not “touch God’s anointed”.
People live in fear that they might speak against God’s anointed so they never say anything, and if anyone does call them what they are (wolves) their flock comes to their defense with teeth showing and fists shaking. These wolves know how to keep their flock in line by fear tactics.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
We have been given teachers and preachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for “building up the body of Christ”, to grow in wisdom and knowledge of the Son of God, to glorify Him and to do His will, not so we can build up self. (Ephesians 4:11-14)
As long as people are looking to self, for self-gratification, for higher self-esteem, for God to grant them great health, great wealth, and great prosperity these charlatan wolves will continue to get richer and richer, while these people sink deeper and deeper into despair and bondage.
How to spot a false teacher:
– If all they teach about is health, wealth, and prosperity and find any scripture in the bible they can twist to get you to sow a seed, give a love offering and so on.
– They follow their own sinful desires.
– They teach things contradictory to scripture..
– If they ever say touch not God’s anointed in reference to never speaking against them or calling out their false teachings.
– They are loud-mouthed boasters.
– They are continually arrogant.
– They never preach the gospel or do it wrongly.
– They do not exhibit character qualities that glorify the Lord.
Now, I’m not saying every preacher who is wrong in certain areas is a wolf. There are certain doctrines we may not see eye to eye on that are not damnable, I am not speaking of these. I am speaking of the health, wealth, and prosperity teachers here. Therefore, we must continually study and reveal incorrect doctrine with a charitable attitude toward Preachers we believe are wrong in some of their beliefs and practices.
But these health, wealth, and prosperity charlatans are not these people, and when we see a wolf, we must be prepared to “call out” that wolf to the sheep for their own spiritual safety.
They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. (Titus 1:11)
False teaching is damnable, it will cause true sheep to be spiritually immature in their understanding of holy scripture, weak in their faith and cause them to be in sin. We must continually pray for the people caught up in this cult that God will open their eyes and give them understanding.