Seven things that can help you judge false teaching by Pastor Don Moore

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Seven things that can help you judge false teachings by Pastor Don

I was watching Pastor Don on TBN, if you are in the New York area, you may be able to catch his program Tuesday Morning 3:30 AM and Thursday at 12:30 PM. 

He is teaching on the book of Revelation. One thing we need to watch is that we do not fall prey to false teachings in any church, denomination or cult. Here are seven points to judge teachings by.

1. Does the teaching depart from the Word of God as the foundation? When a person presents dreams, visions, revelations, ideas, or show signs, wonders, or charisma do they line up with the Word of God?

2. Exclusiveness. Does the person preach they have a SPECIAL WORD from God, and only those who are specially appointed by God will be able to receive it. If you get what they are saying, you are special. If you don’t then you aren’t.

3. New Definitions. The Bible is its own dictionary. God said He sets His word above Himself, and has bound Himself to His Word. When people come up with new definitions for the Words of God, they change God’s meaning.

4. New Divisions – The Spirit and the Word MUST agree. False teachers divide the congregation. If they are teaching solely from the Spirit without judging what the Spirit says against the Word, their teachings can be divisive and unbalanced. The same is true if the person only teaches from the Word – for they can become like the pharisees and keep the letter of the law, but not the Spirit of the law.

5. Switching of the goal and emphasis. To switch from making God first in our lives, the false teachers will state they understand God and His commands for our lives. They think they can figure God out. Don’t think that we can figure God out. What we do with our lives has to come from God and obeying His instructions. We need to obey His Word.

6. Fruit. There are three aspects of fruit we need to watch out for, good works, peace and the revelation of a sound mind. True disciples of God do not have a rebellious spirit or act like a lone ranger, it isn’t me and mine or you and yours. There is not a spirit of strife or tension – false teachings cause tension within us as our Spirit reacts to the false teachings.

7 Make sure that what is taught is JESUS CENTERED.

Hope this is a blessing. As the End Times approach we really have to discern truth from lies.

Have a blessed Sunday,

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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