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).


Snap Judgments against Christian Teachers as being False

In this article I use my teachings on the historical Protestant Reformation Movement of the 16th and 17th centuries. Fellow Protestants who have not heard about this highly historical and fully substantiated event, may resort to calling it a false teaching simply based on the fact that they haven’t heard about it before. Judgment of Christian teaching, should be done as the scriptures direct us to do so (cross-referencing scriptures “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 – KJV). Now here is the admonishment I wrote, following below. – – –
Superficially judging teachings (snap-judgments) or judging the teacher who gives them actually goes against God’s Word/will. On the other hand some false teaching is immediately apparent but we are to “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” (Jesus: John 7:27 NLT).

I’m amazed at how Christians want to take the easy route (actually no effort at all) of judging something they see posted by a Christian and because they haven’t heard these things before, they immediately judge it as “false”. My posts about my being of French Huguenot linage, is a confirmed historical fact. What some Christians do however, is say “There goes James Mark getting into some strange religion.” Here’s the actual definition of “Huguenot”: “A French Protestant of the 16th–17th centuries. Largely Calvinist, the Huguenots suffered severe persecution at the hands of the Catholic majority, and many thousands emigrated from France.” (World History, Chapter 18- Section 2).
The biggest war the Huguenots had with the anti-protestant people was 30 YEARS IN DURATION, with an estimated 8-million people killed. The previous smaller wars (e.g. Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre), killed an estimated 3-million. I DO NOT agree with all aspects of Calvinism nor do I agree with all aspects of Martin Luther’s teachings. They also disagreed with each other on certain aspects (e.g. Calvin taught ‘predestination’, Luther taught ‘free gift salvation by grace’). I can still however, see what their main objection was, which was to stop the forced acceptance of Catholicism that was enforced by persecution and large numbers of executions (the inquisitions).
We remember with honor (not worship), the Protestant reformation leaders because they broke 1,500 years of Roman rule over most of Europe, politically (the papacy) and religiously (Roman Catholicism). While even today we honor the rights of Catholics to practice, we as Protestants still preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and the proper precepts and admonitions of the Epistles, the book of Acts and the book of Revelation. While I am anointed by the Holy Spirit to teach God’s Word and to relate views in history and carefully selected stories that are well-confirmed in addition to specific scriptural studies, I am NOT a prophet. Teachers can be false too but I would highly suggest that one actually listen/read those things I share, that seem unusual (from lack of ministers relating them from the pulpit) before you conclude something to be a heresy.
Also carefully compare them to God’s Word instead of lazily saying False! False! False! God says in Psalm 105:15 “…Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” Even kings who went against God’s ministers, suffered famine as a result. Using God’s Word against true ministers of God (though imperfect men) is an especially dangerous practice. It is different when a fellow Christian can show false teaching being taught by someone, precept by precept instead of lazily and disrespectfully saying “I think that guy is a false prophet or teacher.” If you do so by superficial judgement, you will be the one who becomes false, in addition to being a busybody and a gossiper. With this I end my words in this article, as a 54 year old man (year-2017), called by God to teach when I was in my teens. While I found necessity in writing this article on fellow-Christians perception of this particular subject as being false, my next article will be more generally on false teaching versus sincere Christians being in error. Destroying or injuring a Christian because you are a little too lax in learning to distinguish between them is irresponsibility. Look for my second article on this subject matter.