Seeing False Teachers around every Corner versus Righteous Judgement

Shoving Christianity down throatsJesus stated: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

What’s one thing happening in the world of evangelical Christianity that is somewhat disturbing? It is a practice by some Christians who are constantly seeing false doctrine in messages given by true ministers of God (on occasion their suspicions are correct). Could a message have errors rather than truly false teaching within it? YES, the only perfect teacher was Jesus Christ himself. There are for example, MANY versions of creationism being taught by sincere ministers. Does this mean that those who proclaim the wrong versions are all going to hell? My belief is that teachings which are “sincerely wrong” and not purposefully false, will not cause these ministers an eternity without God.

There is very definitely a true definition of false teachers, versus men in error and the Christians who are SO anxious to label sincere ministers as false need to see and understand the differences (Paul actually confronted Peter for being in error Galatians 2:11-13). In short, errors are not purposefully corrupting the meaning of the scriptures for dishonest reasons, while false teachers are described as “ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). They are in other words, out to deceive for purposeful reasons – usually self-gain of some type. As a follow-up regarding Peter, he certainly did accept Paul’s admonition and he continued to evangelize during his lifetime, through to his death. “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15).

The “False Teacher” and “False Teaching” accusation is thrown around at people who teach God’s Word – The Holy Bible, like darts that hit both friends in Christ Jesus’ Gospel and enemies to God’s Word as well (Ephesians 6:16). Unfortunately this often comes from trivial things that are not essential to salvation but that people want to hold at least some position on (e.g. there are MANY positions by evangelical Christians on the subject of creationism, for example). Are all of those who are wrong on their positions apart from the truly correct one, all going to hell? I personally do not believe so. Churches also disagree regarding the “Once saved always saved” position. The timing of the Rapture is disagreed on even by people attending same churches (pre, mid or post Great-Tribulation). Are those on the incorrect side of these doctrines all going to hell? Again, in my belief, NO.

In many instances fellow Christians will disagree on a teaching simply because they have never heard it before (of course they say; it can’t be true if they’ve never heard it before {???}). Maybe their own church fails to teach on a specific truth in The Holy Bible or they do teach it but their doctrine IS WRONG (a truly good church can be wrong on certain doctrinal aspects). I again ask, are they all going to hell? In the YouTube audio I made, I explain the differences between error in teaching (sincere mistakes) and true false teaching (purposeful for evil intent).

There’s also the fact that some Christians out there love to point out things they believe are in error, which gives them a warped type of pleasure (e.g. to hurt others and to feel somehow superior). There is usually a correlation with these people, who at the same time are often busybodies and gossipers. When it comes to ministers Jesus said: “And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire.” Yes part of tithes and offerings go to pastors, evangelists, etc… But there are false ministers, whose idol is riches. Jesus said “you shall know them by their fruits”. Listen to the audio link posted below for an example of a highly interesting subject that can cause uninformed Christians and those looking intentionally for false doctrine as an example of a doctrine that can produce this very result (while being absolutely scripturally substantiated).


Actions by Bible Ministers can Bring Ridicule to Christian Churches

MY eBook/book/audiobook on deeper things that hurt church attendees is titled: “When Hurtful Things Happen in Christian Churches”, which can be found on Amazon. This article is not intended to cast aspersions on The Christian Church (God forbid!), which in reality does not consist of buildings or names or denominations per se, but consists of a body of believers – “The Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Am I saying church attendance is unnecessary or even bad? Again, God forbid! I believe church can bring growth to one’s walk with The Lord and provide them additional fellowship with other believers in addition to praise-worship to God.
So why do I bring up these things I mention in the example subject of this article (following the heading below)? I do so because even if they are simply man-inspired conducts, they are distractions to potential new converts, some of which may turn away from visiting a Christ-centered church again. Those who visit churches for the first time with the intention of connecting with The Lord Jesus Christ. To know more about him should be seen as the first priority to both Pastor and current members. This subject can even include unspoken dressing contests between both men and women; the reasons being prestigious appearance or a contest of beauty, from which gossip can develop. Already born again, saved Christians can be a bit selfish and these type things can become a main objective to some believers, which could result in lost opportunities for others to become “new creatures in Christ”. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
HEADING: Do We Confess Things into Our Lives? I will give an immediate, in-balance “yes” in answer to the above question, which does in fact relate to this article’s title (among many other things that relate to it). We certainly do confess things into our lives, both good and bad. There are many scriptures that clearly state that the words of our mouths effect changes in our lives and certainly our words are how we offer our prayers and praise to God. Words are the avenue through which God created the heavens and the earth. We were created in His image and likeness and so our words have creative effects as well, although certainly not on the same level as God’s Words have. His Words created this vast universe according to a passage in Hebrews, among many others. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3 KJV) The fact that words we speak can have a profound effect on us could not be more clearly stated in the Holy Scriptures. It is a fact that one would do well not to deny. With this said, let me also point out that perversions of belief in this doctrine, are sometimes practiced by Christians, in the area of receiving material blessings from God.
You do not take such a principle taught in God’s Word and change it into a type of formula for receiving whatever you desire, rather than its appropriate purpose which is to know and seek God’s will and wisdom rather than making inappropriate demands from him. A catch-phrase that was derived by some in the faith movements, states to the effect that you can “name it and claim it”. In my sincere opinion, this places the doctrine on dangerous ground for several different reasons. If we are truly operating in the faith of God, it will also be in-line with the will of God. Simply desiring to have something does not make it God’s will for us to have it. If I spot a new Cadillac on the parking lot of a car seller, I might think to myself that I would really enjoy having that vehicle. If I’m operating with even a moderate amount of wisdom, I would first consider the logic of that desire, with welcomed guidance from the Holy Spirit. There may be reasons that God does not want me to have that car, such as it having inefficient gas mileage, that would place unnecessary stress on my finances or that I would have ongoing mechanical problems with the vehicle not too far down the road.
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” (Jeremiah 17:7 KJV) “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage” (Proverbs 11:28 KJV)