Five False Teachers Christians Should Stop Listening To

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I want to call out by name five false teachers that are doing damage to the church of Christ. I have wanted to write this post for a while and am convinced that the time is right. These teachers do more harm than good to the gospel of Jesus. Here are five false teachers Christians should stop listening to immediately:

1. Folk Theologians.¬†This type of teacher is one that says tradition trumps Scripture. For them, cultural tendencies are far more holy than Biblical truths. These are¬†people¬†who say that those Christians who commit suicide go to hell, that those women who don’t wear¬†head coverings are being¬†disobedient¬†to the Bible and those people who don’t dress like them, talk like them, act like them or read the same books like them are ultimately deceived, have gone astray and are no longer clinging to the faith. This is a folk theology that is a false methodology. The church is a different bunch of sinners, in need of the same looking cross. Folk theology is a poor¬†substitute¬†but an easy escape because you no longer are wrestling with the truth.¬†And¬†if you have all the answers, ¬†you¬†have¬†stopped learning.

2. Critics. In his first letter, John tells us not to believe every spirit but rather to test them, to see whether they are from God. Why? For many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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Here is the thing: Not all critics are bad. Those that¬†genuinely¬†want to see you doing well and¬†come alongside to¬†encourage¬†you, are great. But¬†there are others who are just as sincere about tearing you down. Not because they don’t like what you do, but because they don’t like you. But this is completely ok. You won’t be able to¬†please everyone. In fact, the quickest way to absolute personal meltdown is trying to please everyone around your or¬†attempting¬†to get acceptance or approval from everyone. It won’t happen. There will be people who will de-friend you, reject you, not like you, not accept you, will hate you and generally wish evil upon you. It is all good, keep doing what you were called to do.

3. Fear. This is one of the most¬†damaging¬†and crippling false teachers. It is no wonder that over one hundred times in the Bible we find the¬†liberating “fear not,” statements. Rather than being in fear, we should dwell on the words of Jesus found in Luke 12:22-31. Why is fear crippling?¬†Because every time you fail, or get rejected, or find out people don’t like you, it feels like¬†there is no¬†reason¬†to move¬†forward. But that could not be further from the truth. In the last few months I have had over¬†thirty¬†people unsubscribe from this¬†blog. But guess what¬†happened? Almost double that¬†amount of people subscribed to receive fresh, gospel-centered content.

In the last three months, I have had ninety-five people unfollow me on Instagram. But in the last three months, over six hundred people found the posts I put up encouraging and a fuel to their faith and started following.

Even if you just judged me right now because I shared some social media numbers, I am completely fine with that and am not offended. Why am I saying this? Fear is a false teacher that continues to lie that you are not good enough, not worthy enough and should just sit alone and not make your voice heard. Jesus ultimately saved you to love you forever. This is why the best thing you can do in your life, is image Jesus with your life.

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4. Experience. This is another false teacher that followers of Jesus need to stop listening to. Life experience is prescriptive, not prophetic. A¬†testimony of¬†someone¬†that has been saved by Jesus won’t save another person. Only Jesus can do that. A supernatural experience that someone else tells you about can’t save you. Only Jesus can. Whatever crazy or out of this world experience you or I could have, has no power to save someone who is spiritually dead. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the experiential story, we¬†completely¬†miss out on the gospel story. It is about Jesus, not our¬†experience. It is about Jesus, not our mountain top experience. It is about Jesus, not the invigorating passion we experienced singing our favorite¬†worship¬†song. I have heard people¬†personally tell me that they cannot experience Jesus by reading the Bible. But¬†the reality is that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. If we want to know what Jesus sounds like, we need to read the Bible. If we want to know what God sounds like, we need to read the Bible. Our experience very often cannot be replicated and neither should it be used as a firm foundation for our life. Only Jesus can be our cornerstone.

5. Doubt. We have these false teachers who are serial skeptics. Instead of speaking into life the things that Jesus can do, they always keep talking about what they personally can’t do. This false teacher reminds me of the interaction that Jesus had with Thomas. You do remember what Thomas said right? “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe” (John 20:24-25). Jesus said to Thomas then and is now saying to you: Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

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If the universe we live in is upheld by the power of Jesus’ Word, what is to Jesus the issue that you are facing. Destroy your doubts and¬†believe¬†that Jesus is bigger, better and¬†more¬†satisfying than any doubt you have percolating in your mind.

I stopped listening to these five false teachers completely. Will you join me?

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Question: What other false teachers would you add to this list? 


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6 responses to “Five False Teachers Christians Should Stop Listening To”

  1. What about those who teach unbiblical revelations that come from visions, “afterlife experience”, and prophesies?

    1. if its unbiblical then we should stop, but what should we do in it doesn’t contradict the Bible

      Jesus gives revelations and he is in us Rev1:1. Jesus said that his sheep hear his voice, follow him and know him.

  2. I disagree concerning experiences. All 4 gospels would not be written if there would not be any experiences. Acts 2:11 talks about experiences. Experiences are attention getters but they should be accompanied by the gospel.

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      David (BC21)

      I think Bogdan meant to emphasise his claim that experience is not prophetic. For example, there are those that speak in tongues and believe that everyone who doesn’t speak in tongues are going to Hell. This is to say that an experience I have with God can be turned into a prophetic command when it shouldn’t.

      I also say this, keeping in mind Bogdan’s European bloodline. Extremes such as headcoverings, speaking in tongues, and certain dress codes were a must. (I’m frim a Romanian background so have some insider information).

      Hope that helps.

  3. People who value “experiencing God” only love Him while they “feel” good. When they “experience” hardships, they think God has left the building…..its bad theology, and similar to the “shallow ground” Jesus talked about, that allowed seed to bloom forth quickly but with no “root”. It withered away at the “scorching of the sun” (trials of life).
    Better to focus on public AND personal devotions and building a deep-rooted faith through pressing into the Word of God. It has everything you need to live contentedly and blessed. ūüôā

  4. 1. I think you’re confusing “Folk Theologians” with people who have to live within their social institutions. Which probably means you don;t so you can only see the world in that lens.
    2. There is criticism and there is discernment. The critical mind engages issues and tries to see what is really causing things to happen and not, say, make points that “generally speaking” videogames are a waste of time and other such vague statements. Actions are not the same as intentions behind them.
    3. There is “not being offended and being fine” (which frankly comes off more as ” I don’t give a f…) and there is accepting criticism and examining what they have to say. To do this is not to let fear into your thoughts, though one can easily mislead themselves to that mindset and thus set on a mentality of just ignoring criticism. As for judging you for pulling out numbers, the critical mind wonders why those people unfollowed you in instagram and why that many more really followed you. Maybe you’re a Folk Theologian to them?
    4. I find this one rather odd. You’ve drawn a lot of your personal opinions on your own experiences. Is it not a bad idea, then, to make lists of things people shouldn’t be doing based not only on your own experiences? By your logic, them following your examples as written out means nothing, since you know, that’s not going to happen. In THAT case, perhaps it is time to consider makign these lists “things people should think about” and not “things you need to do/ stop doing”.
    5. Doubt is a human thing and is healthy when it is treated carefully. Like all your other points, it is not so much about listening to these false teachers, as some of them aren’t, but it is the habitual reliance on them that makes them have power over us.

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