How to Recognize a False Teacher

The Bible provides clear guidelines that help us recognize people who attempt to bring false doctrine into our homes, schools, workplace, and church. 2 Peter 2:1 urgently warns that there will be false teachers (false christs, false prophets) among us. Notice Peter is not referring to those outside the church, but members of the local congregation:

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.”

In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 we learn that Satan and his ministers pretend to be angels of light and servants of righteousness. The only way to avoid being deceived by them is to study the Bible and know the truth. A few facts about false teachers, preachers and prophets:

Want to be able to spot a counterfeit preacher or teacher? Study the real thing. All Christians must be grounded in the foundational principles of our faith. We must know not only what we believe, but also why.

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