Christian Teachers Preaching False Doctrines
Religious doctrines are beliefs based on Scriptures in the Bible that have been accepted and taught by church leaders through the centuries. A false doctrine occurs when those beliefs have been distorted by twisting what the Bible says. Too many false teachers today distort the trinity, the divinity of Christ, his sinless death on the cross, the gospel of Grace vs Works, eternal salvation, teachings on baptism, God's plan for Israel, when the rapture occurs, who God will punish during the Great Tribulation and more.
Paul said: "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
How to Recognize Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
Today's end times false teachers often seem to know their bible better than most Christians. However, you won't recognize when they are misinterpreting the Scriptures unless you understand the Bible yourself. They will pretend to be one of the sheep but are cleverly hiding the fact they are actually wolves in sheep's clothing, like the wolf in the Red Riding Hood fable. They will tell you what you want to hear so you will follow them and do what they say (buy their books, send them money, attend their conferences, etc).
Paul said: "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 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." (Acts 20:28-30)
Destructive Doctrines In The End Times Church Today
Today's False teachers pick and choose scriptures to fit their beliefs, instead of following what the Bible says. In fact too many them don't even believe the Bible to be inspired by God. They deem it to be incomplete, so they add their own interpretation, boldly defying what Scripture says about not adding to the Word of God.
John said: "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll." (Revelation 22:18-19)
Recognizing False Teachers
We can recognize end times false teachers not just by what they teach but also by their fruit because a healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit (Luke 6:43-44). This bad fruit usually manifests itself in the desire for money, sinful sexual activity and power over others. How many of the most popular false teachers live in manions, drive expensive cars and ignore the needs of the poor?
The best thing you can do to recognize false teachers is to read your Bible, not just once but several times:
Paul said: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Following is a list of False Teachers on this website that have had their teachings compared with Scripture:
Rick Warren teaching Chrislam which denies Christ's deity and wants to merge Islam with Christianity
Joyce Meyer claims that Jesus went to hell, she is not a sinner and Christ left his work on the cross undone and that all believers will be judged at the White Throne Judgement.
Joel Osteen Jesus spent 3 days in hell fighting Satan
Kenneth Copeland claims Christians are destined to be blessed with financial wealth and good health
Clarence McClendon preaches on the "all breasted God" who will give you anything you want.
J. Preston Eby uses scriptures speaking on Christ's 2nd coming to refer to the Rapture and that the gift of the Holy Spirit isn't given when one first believes.
Anthony Buzzard is an Anti-Trinitarian (Jesus was not God) and confuses the church with the Kingdom promised to Israel.
Billy Graham promoted ecumenicalism. He believes new believers should return to the Catholic Church. He also believed that Islam and Christianity were similar.
David Wilkerson and his teaching on "the river of life".
Brother Stair an Anti-Pre-Tribber, encouraged people to not go to a doctor, or go to church and don't watch TV.
Also see a list of False Prophets that have been critiqued on this site.