“Now there were false prophets among the people, just as there also will be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many people will follow their immoral ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. The ancient verdict against them is still in force, and their destruction is not delayed” (2 Pete 2.1-3).
From the above Bible verses, we understand that false teachers are not going to come out from the world, rather, they shall rise from among the camp of the righteous (the church).
There are many false teachers in the church today. The devil uses false teachers to hit and attack the church, so that many will be lost and never get to find the way to heaven. Many will follow their ways and end up in perdition.
The Mask of False Teachers
False teachers mask themselves with some righteous deeds:
They “believe” “Jesus Christ”
They preach “Jesus Christ”
They look harmless and humble
They perform signs and wonders that marvel people
They do some charitable works
A Bible Preacher who does these things may quickly be called a man of God, but they may not be so. A false teacher is not known by some outward works, rather they are known by their fruit – the nature of their person.
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are savage wolves. You will know them by their fruit. Grapes aren’t gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles, are they?” (Mathew 7.15-16).
Remember, they preach another Jesus (not Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible). The motive of their charity works is questionable.
The Marks/Fruit of a False Teacher
The three principal marks/fruit of a false teacher are;
If a Bible preacher has one or two of these attributes, then know that he is a false teacher. Even if he calls down fire from heaven, run away from him as fast as you can. The devil is moving about confirming the wrong teachings of these false teachers with signs and wonders. If you follow the signs instead of the fruit, then you are doomed.
Greed is idolatry (Col. 3.5; Mat 6.24). Idolatry is a sin punishable by death (Rev. 21.8). There are diverse kinds/types of greed (Luke 12.15);
Lack of contentment
Storing up for tomorrow
keeping more than you need
Fighting over property
Refusal to share
Sharing only an insignificant portion of your wealth
Murmuring and grumbling
These false teachers have more than enough wealth that can last them five life times. They have so much while most of their church members are so poor. They do not only refuse to really help these poor people, but they still demand and collect from them. Their wealth is counted in millions of dollars. They live in mansions, drive expensive cars, wear designers’ outfit, own private jets, their children are in choice schools worldwide etc.
A Bible preacher who is rich cannot be a disciple of Christ. The disciples of Christ give up their all for the kingdom of God (Mathew 19.27). Love puts the needs of others first. God’s servants obey him, and they give even to the last penny. These false teachers are going straight to hell and taking many with them. They suffer the righteous people both spiritually and materially.
2. Sexual Immorality
A Bible preacher who cannot control his fleshly sexual desire is a false teacher. God does not work though carnal people, rather he works through people who are led by his spirit. God works in people before he uses them for any service. God is holy, and his servants are holy. Do not follow an immoral Bible preacher even if he raises someone from the dead.
3. Selfish Ambition
Ambition is a trait that is applauded by the world but in God’s kingdom, ambition for self is sinful (Phil 2.3). These false teachers preach Christ to satisfy their selfish ambitions (Phil 1.17). They desire to promote self more than anything else. These fake Bible preachers are more earth than heaven conscious. They desire the pride of life and earthly possessions. They desire fame, political power, institutional positions and the comforts of life. They point their institutional ministries to people instead of pointing the Lord Jesus Christ to people.
Beware of false teachers!
“Many people will follow their immoral ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words” (2 Pet 2.2).
“…because false messiahs (christs) and false prophets will appear and display great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Mat 24.24).
“Christ” means anointed one. This means that in the last days many false anointed ones will come. Many will come saying that they are anointed by God, but they are of the devil.
There is an uncountable number of “wolves in sheep clothing pastors” in the church. Be careful to identify the characteristics of wolves in the church. We are in the dark times, may the Lord be your light.
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6 thoughts on “Signs of False Prophets and False Teachers in Church”
This post is spot on. I am sorry I hadn’t read this years earlier. I was a member of a father and son led church and while they taught the Bible, and preached Jesus the father demanded a 10 percent tithe or you were out as a member. He refused to believe warnings about his son and his inappropriate behavior. It was his way or there was something wrong with you spiritually. The son ended up having an affair with someone in the church. I clearly see now why there was no movement of the Holy Spirit. A dead and stagnant church. And we got blamed for that! Since me and my husband departed God has begun to clean house. Thank you for posting this I pray it will spare someone from the pain of betrayal and being duped by a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
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Excellent word backed post. Brings tears to my eyes. The church is so far away from God’s will for us. Tables will be overturned. God is moving though a drawing people away from the lies of man and unto Him and His truth.
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Thank you, my dear sister. We are in the perilous times when the devil will receive many safe for the elect. But we can’t stop showing people the way. I encourage you to continue the good work. The Lord is surely pleased
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An excellent message regarding false prophets, and the dangers of being led astray by such. Just as you described, we are seeing false prophets all around us, not just the so called “Mega pastors,” but even down to our local community churches. Thanks so much for your message. May God bless you and keep you always in His Grace and mercy.
Bill King, Pastor
Disciples of Christ
Thanks Brother Bill. The disciples of Christ have the duty of helping the sheep in God’s field. We are in very dark times where the devil appears as light. We must show others The Way to Heaven.
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