Identifying False Teachers
November, 2000
We live in parallel worlds.  Everything that happens to us in the natural realm also happens to us in the spiritual realm. Here are two questions, which should offer you something to chew on.  How do we pick our martial arts instructor?  And how do we pick our ministers?
Below you will find 7 ways to identify false Teachers/Ministers/Prophets. As you go through the list, fill in the blanks.  Find out how well your choices fit in.

The false teachers usually will come as an angel of light, claiming to have a special revelation from God. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
False teachers usually attack and criticize the spiritual leader of the local church.
The false teacher usually has a message of doom, destruction and death.
False teachers and deceivers usually claim that God sent them as a special messenger. They usually come from a distant place (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
False teachers usually have a rebellious, non-teachable spirit and will recognize no authority over them (1 Samuel 15:23).
False teachers and deceivers will have the supernatural without the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 7:15-20).
The false teacher who drifts in and out of church congregation has no roots,-no spiritual ties, no affiliations with a local church, no pastor who can vouch for them, and no reputation that can be verified (1 John 4:1).

How often have we had some special Black Belt presented to us from another state or country? They come with special ranking, but for the life of us we can't seem to find someone to verify the validity of their ranking. Their instructor was some old recluse in the mountains of some far away country, who always wanted to remain hidden. If he really wanted to be hidden, how did he find them?

I leave you with this principal: If you cannot recognize the enemy, you cannot defeat the enemy (John 8:44).

Grace & Peace
Dr. Michael Willett

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