“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” – Matthew 7:15
As much as I wish this section of the book wasn’t required, it is needed badly, perhaps today more than ever. Not only was this section of the book the most tedious and tiresome to write it is also unfortunately the longest – it is SIMPLY EXHAUSTING to try to keep up with the false teachings of man, they seem to be endless.
In the introduction I wrote this, and it’s worth repeating here (in case you missed it):
We’ve had centuries (millennia now) of man-made teachings, theological systems and frameworks, interpretations, catechisms, rituals, rules, rites, religions (Catholicism, Protestantism, Arminianism, Calvinism, reformism, sectarianism, etc. ad nauseam’ism), sectarian and denominational divisions and dozens upon dozens of false doctrines and complete rubbish/nonsense made up by man, committees, and institutions, all piled up one on top of another, and all masquerading as Christianity, obfuscating the pure truth contained in Scripture.
Compounding this problem is the absolutely staggering amount of noise generated by the secular world, by the “isms” and cults (both Christian and other), and also by the worldly secular media and institutions trying to drown out the gospel message and the name of Jesus. Consequently, false teachings are being shouted today 24/7/3645 (i.e. nonstop) in blaring volume from secular media sources, as well as “Christian” pulpits, broadcasts, books, movies and publications unfortunately.
Yes, we’ve had nearly 2000 years of man-made rubbish and conjuring’s being shouted, preached, published and taught and all masquerading as Christianity. As you will see in this section of the book, false teachings do abound today in epidemic proportions.
In fact, there seems to be today a false-teachings bubble of absolutely gigantic proportions created by the apostate minds of modern man, who continue today, as in times of old, who espouse “doctrine” which serves only in seeking economic, political and nationalistic worldly agendas by distorting Scripture to suit their fancy and co-opting the precious name of Jesus to accomplish their goals.
Indeed, everything seems fake today – fake butter, fake sugar, fake meat, fake body enhancements, fake money (fiat currencies), fake entertainment (e.g. singers), fake science, fake news, fake religion, fake piety and fake gospels (which are not the gospel). It seems no matter in which direction you look, on all sides surrounding you like a flood, you find “fakes”.
These false teachings come from 3 sources:
- The secular God denying world,
- The “Wolves” who come into the church with intent to deceive, and
- Well-meaning but misguided Christian pastors and teachers, and
Why false teachings arise from the first group, the God denying secular world is quite obvious – for it is written that if you are not of Christ, then “you are of the devil.” Once you are truly born-again (in agreement with the instructions given in Scripture), the false teachings of this group are “somewhat” easier for you to spot so you aren’t deceived, although some of them, like the false “theory” of evolution have been drummed into you since you were a wee infant child, so you’ve already been brainwashed and may not even know it.
The “wolves” are a much harder to identify, especially for many gullible Christians. Christ Himself warned of this very subject:
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. – Acts 20:28-30
And the Apostle Paul writes that:
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness [e.g. pastors, elders and teachers within the church!], whose end will be according to their deeds. – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
It is these “wolves” who pretend to serve Christ but are of their father the devil; these “wolves” elsewhere are also described as “false prophets.” This group uses intentional deception to deceive the unsaved masses into following worthless “religious” rubbish which leads to eternal death instead of eternal life. These wolves also mislead gullible infants in Christ (those newly born-again) into departing from the straight and narrow path back into the ways of man and eternal death. These “wolves” are in fact INTENTIONALLY deceiving you as they serve the selfish goals of man and institutions, including nationalistic, social, economic, and political agendas.
These “wolves” as written dress themselves up in APPARENT “righteousness”, often appearing pious and masquerade as sincere Christians, speaking what appears to be the words and teachings of Christ, but just as Satan does, they intentionally and subtly twist and distort Scripture into false teachings, which lead away from Christ (or outright deny Christ when one looks into them more closely) and to eternal death. These often are the leaders, elders, pastors and teachers of the “cults and ism’s”, as they cannot claim ignorance on what they teach. This group often appear under the names of “churches” which APPEAR to be Christian, for they even have Christ in their names, etc. But they are not of Christ.
These wolves (and vipers) come in many shapes and sizes, from innocent looking little old ladies, to the casual hipster, to the powerful man/pastor of authority in a popular church all dressed up in well-tailored suits with lots of initials and abbreviations placed before and after their name.
The third group are what I “believe” to be honest to goodness born-again Christians who desire to follow Christ, but they simply go along blindly believing many things they hear without properly testing them against Scripture, as we are admonished to do. These genuine Christian pastors and teachers should know that they are under a stricter judgment given in James 3:1, and that they are called to “properly divide [understand, interpret]” the Word of God. What confuses me on this group, is that whenever I’ve ever tried to help any one of them see the error of their teachings, they flat out refuse to EVEN CONSIDER they may be in error. This comes in large part from pride. What a big mess modern (and liberal) Christianity is; all I know is that I’m supposed to teach you correct doctrine in accord with Scripture, and I’m responsible for doing so, so that’s what I’m doing in this book.
Nearly all false teachings arise when some verses are picked, and interpretations made of those specific verses in isolation, while others are conveniently ignored. One of the most basic principles of Bible study is that if your interpretation and understanding of a verse causes either: 1) a conflict/disagreement with other verses, or 2) gives God the slightest appearance of being unloving, unmerciful, hateful, mean or having any moral flaw whatsoever, then it’s your understanding and interpretation that is wrong.
This selective interpretation often consists of taking one verse (sometimes a lesser, more obscure verse) completely wrong or out of context, and then “finding” other verses to support it, thereby building up a whole doctrine behind it. The wolves thereby end up favoring “their” fanciful interpretation of a less direct/obvious/clearly understood verse in a way which is in direct opposition to many other VERY direct and VERY clear verses!
This is why I’ve tried to give as many relevant verses in each chapter as possible, not just to multiply verses, but because correct doctrine can only be attained by considering in aggregate ALL of what Scripture has to say on a particular subject. You build Biblical truth by having interpretations that are in agreement with ALL scripture, not just some specific verses are picked and chosen to support whatever personal interpretation and doctrine you fancy, for it is also written that:
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. – 2 Peter 1:20
Many of the “cults and ism’s” go even further, claiming to have their own special “prophets” who have received new revelations directly from God, but Scripture also warns against this:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1
What they are indeed hearing are either the imaginations of their own deluded mind, or even worse demonic spiritual influence. Scripture also states:
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” – Matthew 7:15-16
For the new Christian reader who may not have encountered these false teachings yet, count yourself fortunate, but be advised that you will with almost 100% certainty encounter them at some point in your life, both before you accept Christ and after. In fact, in your Christian pilgrimage, you will be bombarded by many, many lies, half-truths, false teachings and blatant distortions and misinterpretations of Scripture.
For Christians who have already heard (and believe) these false teachings, and for sincere brothers and sisters in Christ who find themselves in institutions and churches believing and proclaiming these false doctrines, may God grant you grace and wisdom to now see truth, as it is written:
We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. – Colossians 1:9-10
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. – 2 Timothy 2:23-26
You see, as a new Christian, I had to wade through this ABSOLUTE MAZE of man-made nonsense and doctrinal distortions to find truth in agreement with Scripture. Truth be told, I believed many of these false teachings myself for many years, because they are the ONLY things taught in 99.9% of modern American Christianity. It has taken me several years of study to see through all these false teachings.
It is important to understand what is doing on here. Satan and his forces of evil are trying to lay as many mine fields in front of and all around you as possible, working through men who do not know God or His Christ, and even those who desire to serve Satan as a direct choice.
The Bible tells us that Satan’s activity today in these last days (the gospel, church age) has been greatly curtailed by the victory and power of Christ; it is this power of Christ that Scripture speaks of when it says that Satan is “bound with a strong chain” today.
So, while we are blessed to be living in today’s times (the gospel age) where Satan’s activities have been largely bound, he is still described as “prowling around like a roaring lion seeking to destroy you”. Therefore, do not make the mistake of underestimating him however, he is still “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Although unlike in times past where he has had the power to directly harm humans (see the book of Job for example), today he is largely limited to the method of deception, but boy does he work overtime at that.
These false teachings are called “snares” – they are designed to cause you to either: a) turn out of the straight and narrow path towards Christ and eternal life, or b) cause you to quit the faith and turn-back, or c) lure you into some false man-made “religious” system which also leads away from Christ.
These false teachings all have the appearance of truth, but when you understand Scripture properly, you will appear that they are all just deceptions hiding behind a very thin veil/veneer of distorted verses, masquerading as Christianity. While the evolution false teaching aims to stop you at the very first sentences of the Bible, these false teachings are laid up for you all along the rest of the way through the Bible, to steer you off the straight and narrow path towards eternal salvation.
If fact, you should have noticed in reading this book that these snares are laid up for you at EVERY SINGLE STEP OF THE WAY. These man-made and Satanic snares are thrown down in front of and all around you, on all sides, nearly as far as the eye can see. These false teachings, snares, are also shouted with extreme force, ferocity and volume today, nearly 24/7/365 (all day, every day, all year, every year) from BOTH secular as well as “Christian” sources, and “Christian” publications, and “Christian” churches!
It is staggering to see the level of epidemic proportions these false teachings have reached in Christendom today. You can hardly find a single “Christian” church not teaching at least one of these. And I’m not exaggerating in this. I hope you can see how truly wretched “modern Christianity” is from all the false teaching warnings that litter this book; lukewarm doesn’t even begin to describe its state, it’s far worse! The fact that most of these false teachings “tickle the ears” of those hearing and hence become widely “popular” is a big sign that they are indeed false.
Furthermore, you’ve already been exposed to many of these lies, propaganda and conditioning, starting all the way from the time you were a small child! The basis for many of the false teachings have their origins in the secular, God-denying world, and they infect literally every single broadcast, TV show, movie, book, textbook, and educational institution you have ever read, seen, heard, or been involved in – since you were an infant! These false teachings have been drummed into you for so long and so hard, that they are even unconsciously affecting what you think and believe today; in effect, as I mentioned, you have been brainwashed. You may not even be aware of them, as it’s all you’ve ever known as “truth”; so, you may believe them so deeply that they are even at an unconscious level within you! That’s what brainwashing does.
From the related Scripture given at the end of this chapter (and the Scripture from the chapter on perseverance), you can see that the warnings given in the Bible about wolves and false teachings are numerous, widespread and explicit! Even today, despite the abundance and widespread dissemination of the gospel truth, the schemes, myths, snares, traps and false-teachings of man abound, in nearly every direction as far as the eye can see.
Again, the purpose here is to prepare you in awareness of these false teachings. It is beyond the scope or ability of this book to present a rigorous critique/rebuttal of each false teaching; to do that would take hundreds of pages and many books. Additionally, due to space limitations, I am also not going to list verses in support of, or in rebuttal of, each false teaching.
Again, I say beware! Be not deceived.
How are you not deceived? You must diligently read and study the Bible for yourself; as part of that, you must learn “how” to read the Bible correctly. The interpretation of Scripture is not up to private interpretation of each person, nor their guesswork or supposition. As a Christian, you are called to rightly divide the word of truth. You’ll have to read up on these areas yourself as you study the Word of God. Doing this study yourself also helps you to read and understand many different parts/books of Scripture for yourself; it also helps you to as seek out commentaries and books written on these subjects, so it’s actually a great way to force oneself to grow in Biblical maturity.
It is my hope that by providing this list, along with a short summary of the false teaching, that it will at least alert you to areas you need to pay particular attention to when listening to what others preach or teach about the Bible. This list is not in any particular order. This list is also just the ones that I’ve come across and in contact with personally on my own walk; there are dozens of other false teachings which abound. The ones listed here include the ones I’ve tangled with myself, after almost being led astray a number of times.
Contrary to many Christians who believe the false teachings are harmless and that we should overlook them to all to “just get along in the name of Jesus”, I strongly disagree with that position. Let me explain why.
While some of the false teachings are matters of direct salvation issues and therefore obviously of critical and eternal importance, some of the others may “seem” (on the surface) to be of much lesser importance. Therefore, I’ve heard many Christian pastors claim that the false teachings are only of small import, and that Christians should just “all get along focusing on the big matters”. I agree with the “get along” sentiment wholeheartedly, but I greatly disagree with that viewpoint. Let me explain why.
I was talking with an older guy at the gym, it happened to be the very day I was finalizing this chapter introduction. He was raised as a Catholic, when to Catholic schools, has heard and seen “TV” preachers, and attended various churches, his whole life. He has not accepted God or Christ by his own admission, although He has known and heard about “religion” and God and even Jesus his whole life. I tried to explain things to him, but he just finally came out and said: “You now, I’ve seen and heard so many things which claim to be Christianity, that very frankly I don’t even know what or who to believe anymore. It’s all a bunch of crap!”
You see, friends, it DOES matter. It matters a lot. This guy has been deceived first by the deception of Popery to start with in his childhood (with beatings by the Nuns to boot), followed by exposure to the various bizarre, nonsensical and RIDICULUOUS stuff that abounds claiming to be Christianity today, and on top of all that, he sees self-proclaimed “Christians” living in abject hypocrisy as examples of Christianity nearly all his life.
Yes, every single bit of all this nonsense was from those who call themselves “Christians”! That they are not Christians he could not have known without a lot of diligent bible reading, but when you’re lost to God, that’s not what you do. Frankly, he has all but given up, and then when I come along and try to explain things once again, he simply doesn’t know what or who to believe anymore. He’s heard so much nonsense that it’s disgusted, overwhelmed and discouraged him completely.
Furthermore, many of the false teachings are designed to lull people, both the saved and the lost, into complacency – lack of spiritual growth in oneself, lack of gospel sharing urgency to the lost, and lack of attending to doing the Lord’s business! This happens because the false teachings basically give this message (paraphrasing): “Don’t worry, there’s a lot more time left, because you see, there are these (false) prophecies still yet to come which haven’t been fulfilled, so they must happen before Christ returns, so we still have much time left to go.”
They are falling into the exact trap that the false teaching has been designed to create, and they do not even realize it!
And Scripture warns repeatedly and explicitly about falling into complacency. For the great Day of Judgment will arrive when most are thinking “safe and secure”, like a thief in the night, whether you are read to meet God and His Christ for judgment or not! To drive home this point beyond the shadow of a doubt, I’m including some Scripture inline here to show you what is written on this matter:
Parable of the Ten Virgins: Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. – Matthew 25:1-13
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. – Matthew 24:42-44
“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 24:45-51
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 5:2
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. – 2 Timothy 4:1-2
“But of that day [The Great Day of Judgment] and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. – Matthew 24:36-39
I think you will agree from reading the Scripture above that the call to be alert, and the warnings against complacency, are explicit, direct and repeated. Therefore, beware.
Of particular note is 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, which says that Satan’s ministers disguise themselves as servants of righteousness! They are indeed very slick, subtly twisting and distorting Scripture to support their own false teachings. They do this through lies, half-truths, taking verses out of context, distorting symbolic passages to mean literal things, and so forth. You must know Scripture BETTER THAN THEY DO! Or you can be deceived, just like Adam and Eve were!
Above and beyond the urgency matter, I also think that many of the (not directly salvation related) false teachings here show a clear lack of understanding by those who espouse them of what Jesus did on the cross, of Christ’s clear commands to us in the New Testament of the Bible, a complete lack of understanding of Christ’s Kingdom (which is not of this world!), and very frankly, I think espousing them is disrespectful to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Also, it is very common that where you find one false teaching, you will also find other false teachings within the same group/sect. False teachings usually travel in packs!
If you want to pick one single “false teaching” topic to initially dig into, I would suggest it be “dispensational premillennialism”. I’ve found that deciphering and understanding that one false teaching alone leads one to correct doctrine in many areas, which thereby refutes many of the other false teachings. By studying this topic, you will also then be aware of the particular groups/sects promoting (oops, did I say that out loud, yes, I did), yes promoting (as in advertising, pushing an agenda for gain or political objectives) various false teachings. One that “dispensational premillennialism” false teaching thread is pulled and it starts to unravel, you will begin to see the other false teachings that arise from those same groups. If fact, things become glaringly evident pretty quickly.
Ok, are you ready? We now move on to the false teachings themselves. The thing which the wolves do is that they subtly mix bits of actual Scriptural/Christian truth in with all of their rubbish, so it looks all very authentic and true to Scripture. As you will see, extreme discretion is required by all when hearing the teachings of any man. This goes for my teachings as well! All teachings should be directly tested against Scripture. As I suggested earlier, you should study each of these teachings yourself and draw your own conclusions.
And friend what I’ve included in this book is only a partial list of the false teachings you will likely encounter. The fact of the matter is that some of the items (e.g. churches and institutions) that I have listed here are themselves comprised of many false teachings within!
Again I say, be not deceived! These lies, distortions and false teachings aim to take away your crown of life! While I’ve learned that those who want to believe such false teachings will continue to believe them regardless of how comprehensively you refute them and indicate that the teaching/belief is in contradiction with Scripture, I still pray that “those who have an ear to hear, hear” the warnings I’m giving in this section of the book, and may God give you grace in wisdom and understanding of His truth.
Note: The Pilgrim’s Progress book which is on the recommended reading list also can help you see how these false teachings work in the life of a pilgrim (a Christian on his way from This City of Destruction, this lost world, to heaven). It is a wonderful book to read; I’ve read it several times, and each time I learn more.
AGAIN, I SAY, BEWARE! DANGER AHEAD! EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS IN THIS SECTION OF THE BOOK IS A FALSE TEACHING.
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But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. – 2 Peter 1:20-21
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15
“So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, that you may know that I am the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 13:9
Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:16
O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord. They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The Lord declares,’ when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The Lord declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”’” Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord God. – Ezekiel 13:4-8
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled [itching ears], they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. – Colossians 2:8
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. – Matthew 7:15-20
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. – Acts 20:28-30
Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:14-18
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. – Romans 16:17-20
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. – 1 John 4:1-3
For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision. – Titus 1:9-10
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. – 2 Peter 2:1-3
Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. – Matthew 23:1-3
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts. – 2 Peter 3:3
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. – 1 Timothy 4:1-3
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. – 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. – Matthew 24:11
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. – Hebrews 13:9
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance. – Matthew 24:23-25
But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ – Deuteronomy 18:20
“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:1-3
“For both prophet and priest are polluted;
Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:11
“Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing:
They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.
“Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing:
The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood;
And they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.
All of them have become to Me like Sodom,
And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.”” – Jeremiah 23:13-14
Thus says the Lord of hosts,
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
They are leading you into futility;
They speak a vision of their own imagination,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:16
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’ How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart, who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal? – Jeremiah 23:25-27
Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.” – Jeremiah 14:14
“An appalling and horrible thing
Has happened in the land:
The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule on their own authority;
And My people love it so!
But what will you do at the end of it? – Jeremiah 5:30-31
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! – Galatians 1:6-9
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:11-16
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:44
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Matthew 7:21
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. – Colossians 2:20-23
Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. – Revelation 3:9
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. – Revelation 19:20
That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 1:9
[Note: Some might wonder why I’ve included this last verse of Ecclesiastes 1:9 in this chapter. This last verse reminds you that what has happened in times of old, happens today also; so just as false prophets abounded in Old Testament times (as shown by the verses above, e.g. Jeremiah), they also abound right now in these New Testament times! Beware. Again I say BEWARE!]
I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. – Revelation 3:11