How to identify a 'False Teacher'

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  1. 2BHizown

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    There are so many different type sermons out there today with preachers focusing on different 'feel-good' motivational topics so how does one know for sure whether a preacher or teacher is of the truth or if they are to be considered a 'false teacher'? Thoughts and comments welcome.

    Helpful info here: http://www.mountzion.org/fgb/Spring95/FgbSP1-95.html
     
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    A very good article. Maybe Matthew 17:6 is a good start, by their fruits you shall know them. This is in the context of false teachers, and not a verse to use as a guessing game as to the salvation of others. And to me, the fruits are the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians.

    That is one of the reason it is so important to read and study the Bible. That is why it is important to have a close walk with God and exercise that Holy Spirit in you, so the Spirit in you can testify this is a false teacher. Lazy Christians are the most likely (along with the lost) to fall for the baloney of false teachers.
     
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    I would say that knowing the Truth is the best way to spot the false teachings, especially in this day and age when information is so readily accessible without every seeing the person live and in color.

    I think the Matthew chapter would be more beneficial for those maybe looking for a different church, although seeing the pastor/ss teachers for any significant amount of time outside of the walls of church may even make that difficult I don't know.

    The safest things seems to be as planetary friend has shared with us.
     
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    Be rooted and grounded in the Scripture yourself. For a new Christian I would say that after hearing something, be like the Bereans- search the Scripures, to see if these things are so.
    Also, there are some good places on the internet that describes false teachings, teachers and organizations.
     
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    You can tell a crooked stick by laying a straight one next to it.
     
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    I like that. Simple but illustrates the point exactly!


    The Straight stick of course being the Word of God.
     
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    Be like the Bereans who didn't take Paul at face value but checked his words with scripture.

    Phil
     
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    Along with knowing the truth of the Bible, another seeming characteristic of false teachers is exclusivity. Not in the exclusiveness of Christ or salvation only through Him, but in that false teachers believe they are the only true teachers who interpret Scripture correctly.

    This also plays out in a demand that their followers not listen to anyone else except the leader.
     

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