October 26, 2015

sugar coating

False prophets and false teachers arise from within the church. They always put on a false front and often mix truth with error.  They are, therefore, often difficult to detect.  This requires watchfulness.


Whether it’s The Shepherd of the Hills,- Rob Bell- Todd Bentley – Kim Clement – Kenneth/Gloria Copeland – John Crowder – Creflo/Taffy Dollar – Jesse Duplantis – Kenneth Hagin – Benny Hinn – T.D. Jakes- Eddie Long- Marjoe – Joyce Meyer – Joel Osteen- Peter Popoff – Robert Schuller – Robert Tilton – Rick Warren – Paula White- Oprah Winfrey – and I’m going to add John Hagee to the list.


God help the poor honest hard working pastor and God protect His flock from the deceivers.

  1. False prophets promise peace when there is no peace. They tell you that you can live in sin and God will not punish you.

Jer. 14:11-16.

Jer. 14:13-14. I said, “Ah, sovereign Lord, the prophets keep telling them ‘You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.'” The Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.”

  1. God reveals the terrible damage false prophets do in the church and warns against them.

Jer. 23:1-40.

  1. God warns against the false shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock.

Jer. 23:1-4.  “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declare the Lord. Therefore this is what he Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.

  1. God warns his people not to listen to the false prophets who say that he will not punish unrepentant sinners.

Jer. 23:16-24.

Jer. 23:16-20. This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.”

Ezek. 13:1-16.

Ezek. 13:10-12. Because they lead my people astray, saying “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

  1. Jesus warns against false prophets who are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Matt. 7:15, Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

  1. Paul warns that savage wolves will come, even f rom within the church, and will not spare the flock.

Acts 29:29-31. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

  1. Peter warns that false teachers will arise within the church and secretly introduces destructive heresies.

2 Peter 2:1-3. There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

  1. False teachers masquerade also as angels of light.

2 Cor. 11:1-15.

2 Cor. 11:13-15. Such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerades as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

  1. Don’t be like the Galatians Christians who were easily led away from the purity of the gospel by false teachers, the Juadaizers.

Gal. 3:1-9.

Gal. 3:1. You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.

  1. Test the spirits (by the word of God) to see whether or not they are from God.

1 John 4:1-3.

1 John 4:1. Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

  1. Be liked the Berean Christians.

Acts 17:11. Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

  1. Jesus commends the church that test what it hears, and will not tolerate false teachers.

Rev. 2:2-3 (To the church in Ephesus) I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. i know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.  You have persevered and have endured friendships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Ok, there are some in the list that get it half right, but do you want half the truth?

And that list is just the famous ones, God knows how many half-baked, half wrong, new age wackos, silly just make stuff up, teaching about dreams or promoting the special miracle cure, or God wants you rich.

God bless from

And if you have a question about anybody on my list email me, I can give you the short answer or the long answer.

If your self-motivated, get the book Christianity in Crisis, by Hank Hanegraf.

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