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Deciphering False Teachers
« on: October 19, 2019, 07:41:58 AM »
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FIRST, please read ALL of this post before commenting (I DID NOT CREATE THIS PICTURE COLLAGE MEME)! There are pictures of 60 TV evangelists here. We may or may not agree with "parts" of what each of them teach. I know there are pictures of several prosperity teachers included here – maybe all of them are.

Instead of getting stuck on the "prosperity" teaching; can we focus, instead, on the measure we should use which EVIDENCES WHETHER THEY ARE A FALSE TEACHER OR NOT?   . . . which is:

1 John 4:1-3 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: EVERY SPIRIT THAT CONFESSES THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH IS OF GOD:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

Matthew 7:15-20 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.16 YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

DOES the alleged false teacher/prophet preach that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and repentance?  If so, Warriors, they are NOT considered a “false prophet” according to scripture.

I seldom watch/listen to TV evangelists. I have heard messages by some pictured here and I have heard God's Word accurately preached and I have been blessed spiritually. Do I agree with everything they teach?  What I “think doesn’t matter.  What matters is what does God’s Word say.

Why doesn't it bother me if they don't get it ALL RIGHT? Because being regularly in the Word of God, listening to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to work in me is my safeguard.  I choose to believe ONLY what is in God's Word.  I do not depend on my memory of what I think I heard someone else say about any subject.  God’s Word does not tell us that every pastor will lead me into all truth – NO.  He does tell me that the HOLY SPIRIT will lead ME INTO ALL TRUTH and I just happen to believe that. Surprised? You shouldn't be. When something's wrong, God tells us that the Holy Spirit will let us know.  Are you listening?  Do you know God’s Word well enough to discern whether a pastor/preacher/evangelist/FRIEND? is bringing to you erroneous teaching or whether they are simply using Believers to financially ingratiate themselves.  You see, there is a difference TO GOD between the two.  A False teacher DOES NOT PREACH JESUS.

It is not scriptural to tear down or attack those who have been called and appointed by God. I am not saying that some of those pictured here may indeed be false teachers, but I cannot speak to that one way or another.  BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY (Psalm 105:15).  Just because one point is different than what you have been taught does not make someone a false teacher.  Go to the Word of God. We will EACH answer for everything we have taught whether right or wrong. We should be focusing on the GOOD they do for the Kingdom of God.  And I speak this to our shame – that the majority of us are not doing anything for the Kingdom except for complaining, arguing, bickering, fighting, etc.

Just as God loves us but does not love our SIN, we do not like others’ sins, when we are aware of them.  The fact is that we are commanded to WARN THEM (Ezekiel 33:7-9). We are not to fight each other or against one another. In fact, we are commanded to be in UNITY.  That means, if you don't believe something a pastor has preached is scriptural, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you how to handle it. If need be, STOP LISTENING, DON'T GO TO HIS/HER CHURCH, and DON'T SEND THEM ANY MONEY.  DO NOT publicly "diss" them.  People have accused me of writing/saying things in posts that WERE NOT EVEN THERE and we’re talking stuff that is in “black and white.”

We should be careful not to join a witch hunt against a pastor/teacher, particularly if we do not have PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE of all allegations being brought against them. 

2 Corinthians 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”

Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”

We are called to UNITY (Psalm 133:1; 1 Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:3) and to LOVE (1 John 4:12; Colossians 3:14-17). We need to be in the Word so we KNOW whether to receive a message or not. AMEN!

Crying out in the wilderness,
Delann Conrad

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