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,
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